Introducing Business Ethics

Baumann-Pauly, D., Wickert, C., Spence, L.J. and Scherer, A.G., 2013. Organizing corporate social responsibility in small and large firms: Size matters. Journal of Business Ethics, 115(4), pp.693-705.
This article discusses the practice and communication of corporate social responsibility activities, particularly relating to the differences in such activities between large and small firms.

Cavaco, S. and Crifo, P., 2014. CSR and financial performance: complementarity between environmental, social and business behaviours. Applied Economics, 46(27), pp.3323-3338.
This article examines interactions between a number of dimensions of corporate social responsibility that mediate the relationship between CSR and financial performance.

Cragg, W. (Ed.) 2012. Business and Human Rights. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Recent edited collection that provides an extremely helpful overview of how businesses impact human rights.  

Donaldson, T. 1996. Values in Tension: Ethics Away from Home. Harvard Business Review (Sep-Oct): 48-62.
This piece reviews issues related to cross-cultural ethics.

Dunphy, D., Griffiths, A., & Benn, S. 2003. 'Organizational change for corporate
sustainability: A guide for leaders and change agents of the future'. Abingdon:   
Routledge.
“The book brings together global issues of economical sustainability, human resources management, corporate citizenship and community renewal to create a unified approach to global sustainability.”

Duska, R. 2000. Business ethics: oxymoron or good business? Business Ethics Quarterly: 111-129.
An investigation into what it means if business ethics is a contradiction in terms.

Elkington, J. 1997. 'Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business'. Capstone: Oxford.
Is the seminal work addressing the importance of social and environmental considerations in business and is where the term ‘triple bottom line’ comes from.

Giddens, A. 1999. 'Runaway world: How globalisation is reshaping our lives'. London:   Profile Books.
A short book about global change and its impact on every aspect of our lives, dealt with in five chapters: globalisation, risk, tradition, family, democracy.

Hofstede, G. (1994), The Business of International Business is Culture, International Business Review, 3(1): 1-14.
This article looks at cultural differences of nations and the impact it has on business practices, suggesting that business practices within the same MNC must necessarily be different in different countries due to the national cultural influence.

Jones, C. 2003. As if Business Ethics Were Possible, ‘Within Such Limits’ . . . Organization 10(2): 223-248.
This article looks at the more recent work of Derrida and tries to apply his theory on ethics to business.

Joyner, B.E. and Payne, D. 2002. Evolution and Implementation: A Study of Values, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 41(4): 297-311.
This study defines and traces the emergence and evolution within the business literature of the concepts of values, business ethics and corporate social responsibility to illustrate the increased emphasis that has been placed on these issues over time.

Kolk, A., 2016. The social responsibility of international business: From ethics and the environment to CSR and sustainable development. Journal of World Business, 51(1), pp.23-34.
This article discusses how the international business literature has addressed CSR over the past five decades, focusing on key developments and implications

Lee, M.-D. P. 2008. A review of the theories of corporate social responsibility: Its
evolutionary path and the road ahead. International Journal of Management         
Reviews, 10(1): 53-73.
This paper provides a useful overview of the conceptual evolution of CSR theories, identifying two broad shifts in how CSR is conceptualized. It also discusses the limitations of this development.

Maignan, I. and Ralston, D. 2002. Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe and the U.S.: Insights from Businesses’ Self-Presentations. Journal of International Business Studies 33(3) Third Quarter 2002: 497-514.
This article shows the differences and similarities of corporate ethics in different countries through the use of codes.

Ma, Z., Liang, D., Yu, K.H. and Lee, Y., 2012. Most cited business ethics publications: Mapping the intellectual structure of business ethics studies in 2001–2008. Business Ethics: A European Review, 21(3), pp.286-297.
Article focusing on different paradigms of recent business ethics research, identifying the most important publications, scholars and research themes.

Reich, R.B. 2012. Beyond Outrage. New York: Random House
An important book about inequality, our political processes, and some possible solutions. 

Scholte, J.A. 2000. 'Globalization: A Critical Introduction'. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
An introduction to globalization created for use by undergraduate students.

Singer, P. 2002. 'One World: The Ethics of Globalization'. Yale University Press: Yale.
This book is a compilation of lectures he gave and discusses different areas where globalization is having its biggest impacts such as economic, legal, the atmosphere etc. with suggestions on what he thinks might improve the current state of the world.

West, A., 2014. Ubuntu and business ethics: Problems, perspectives and prospects. Journal of Business Ethics, 121(1), pp.47-61.
This article focuses on the African philosophy of Ubuntu and critically discusses the role it can play in the field of business ethics.