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ETHC 3P82 Lecture Notes - Adapt, Gulf Oil, Corporate Social Responsibility


Department
Ethics
Course Code
ETHC 3P82
Professor
Thomas Mulligan

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Wednesday, Feb 3
Differing Views of Moral Responsibility in Business Organizations
TWO CULTURES/STREAMS OF THOUGHT IN BUSINESS ETHICS
Difference between ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ and ‘Corporate
Social Responsiveness’
CORPORATE SOCIAL
RESPONSIBILITY
CORPORATE SOCIAL
RESPONSIVENESS
WHAT Business should take
initiative and act to do what is
morally right.
change, alter society
Business should re act to satisfy
society's expectations. (respond to
society)
(variation: or pro-act by
forecasting future expectations
react before something is about to
happen)
HOW Focus on ethical theory and
philosophical issues.
Often uses reason, debate to
help decide what is really
right or wrong in each
situation
Focus on business behavior,
managerial implementation.
Often uses empirical surveys to
help decide what society really
expects in each situation
WHO Philosophers, theologians
HUMANITIES
THEORETICAL APPROACH
Business school professors, social
scientists
SOCIAL SCIENCE
PRACTICAL APPROACH
Business Ethics is truly interdisciplinary
ESSAY #1 - Peter A. French, "Corporate Moral Agency" (Honest Work,
250)
Main issues: Responsibility and Corporate Internal Decision (CID)
Structure
-1] French argues ‘for a theory that accepts corporations as
members of the moral community, of equal standing with the
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