Ethics in the Service of Business Management

Metropolis Verlag

Contrary to what the world thinks, the ethical concept is not a limiting concept.

Ethics in the Service of Business Management

Hans Thomas and Johannes Hattler (ed), Ethik im Dienst der Unternehmensführung, Metropolis Verlag, Marburg, 2008, 234pp.

STI president Carlos Cavallé has contributed a chapter to a new book published by the Lindenthal Institute of Germany entitled Ethik im Dienst der Unternehmensführung or "Ethics in the Service of Business Management." Professor Cavallé’s essay, "Corporate Responsibilities," examines four possible approaches to the growing field of corporate social responsibility or CSR: the legal, the entrepreneurial, the strategic, and finally, the moral. In discussing the moral point of view, he writes:

Contrary to what the world thinks, the ethical concept is not a limiting concept. Many understand it as a grouping of barriers that they cannot and should not cross. That is how ethics is taught in many business schools. Ethics is viewed as a confined terrain within which all is ethical and outside of which the rest is not. I think this is a mistaken perception because ethics is fundamentally and, above all, expansive.

The Lindenthal Institute website offers a summary (in German) of the book and a link to purchase a personal copy.