Download PDF by Robert C. Solomon: A Better Way to Think About Business: How Personal Integrity

By Robert C. Solomon

ISBN-10: 0195112385

ISBN-13: 9780195112382

Is enterprise ethics a contradiction in phrases? completely no longer, says Robert Solomon. actually, he continues that sound ethics is an important precondition of any long term service provider, and that excellence in enterprise needs to exist at the beginning of values that the majority folks carry pricey. Drawing on 20 years of expertise consulting with significant organizations on ethics, Solomon clarifies the tough moral offerings every person in company face. He makes use of an "Aristotelian" method of remind readers corporation--like an individual--is embedded in a neighborhood, and that company values equivalent to equity and honesty are meaningless until eventually remodeled into motion. and not using a base of shared values, belief and mutual advantages, state-of-the-art nationwide and overseas enterprise international might crumble. in line with his conviction that advantage and revenue needs to thrive jointly, Solomon either examines the ways that poor values really wreck companies, and debunks the pervasive myths that inspire unethical company practices. whole with a operating catalog of virtues designed to demonstrate the significance of integrity in any enterprise state of affairs, this compelling instruction manual includes a gold mine of knowledge for both the small enterprise supervisor or the company government being affected by moral concerns.

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A casual glance during take-off through the executiveoriented advertisements in any airline or business magazine should be enough to convince anyone how pervasive these images and metaphors are. The concept of competition is used to assault, to terrify, and, of course, to sell products. The all-important concept of fair and mutually stimulating competition gets lost in blood-and-guts survival metaphors. " They define the way we live, the way we think. They are definitive of the world in which we project ourselves.

It is, in short, just the paradigm of corrupt central control, manipulation, and mutual sabotage—without any attention whatever to the customer—that Adam Smith and the free enterprise movement sought to replace. Because of the corruption and intrigue, Italy was and would remain the basket case of Western Europe. At a time when England, Spain, Holland, and France were beginning the great explorations that would soon make them the most powerful nations in the world, the Italian princes were busy poisoning one another.

Business life, unlike life in the mythological jungle, is fundamentally cooperative. It is only within the bounds of mutually shared concerns that competition is possible. In fact, evolutionary theory shows that cooperation is almost always the best strategy, even in nature. One of the primary principles of evolution seems to be the evolution of cooperation, from the simplest multicelled organisms to the seemingly ineradicable colonies of ants, termites, and bees; the efficient packs and herds of carnivores and their prey; and, hardly to be left out of this impressive sociobiological portrait, ourselves.

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