Business ethics: boardroom pressures in an age of moral relativism

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Eddington, Ian, Searle, John and Temple-Smith, Richard. 2004. "Business ethics: boardroom pressures in an age of moral relativism." Ogunmokun, Gabriel, Gabbay, Rony and McPhail, Janelle (ed.) 2004 Inaugural Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development Conference: The Challenge of Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives & Globalization in the 21st Century . Gold Coast, Australia 13 - 16 Jul 2004 Perth, Australia.
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Business ethics: boardroom pressures in an age of moral relativism

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsEddington, Ian (Author), Searle, John (Author) and Temple-Smith, Richard (Author)
EditorsOgunmokun, Gabriel, Gabbay, Rony and McPhail, Janelle
Journal or Proceedings TitleConference Proceedings: 2004 Inaugural Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development Conference: The Challenge of Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives & Globalization in the 21st Century
Journal Citation1 (1), pp. 1336-1347
Number of Pages12
Year2004
Place of PublicationPerth, Australia
ISBN0975227203
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.academyofworldbusiness.com/conference.html
Conference/Event2004 Inaugural Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development Conference: The Challenge of Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives & Globalization in the 21st Century
Event Details
2004 Inaugural Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development Conference: The Challenge of Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives & Globalization in the 21st Century
Event Date
13 to end of 16 Jul 2004
Event Location
Gold Coast, Australia
Abstract

Company law requires boardroom decision making to be parochial but boardrooms are pluralist by nature. It is argued that the way business is done, business contexts and strategic decision making do change over time. Factors bearing upon boardroom behaviour include inter alia preferences for the firm to act or to be seen to be acting in a socially and environmentally responsible manner: that is, to act ethically.

It is argued that conditions are favourable for the emergence of a more widespread pursuit of social and responsible business within a safe and civil society. Forces driving this emergence are discussed and barriers to its progress are outlined. Challenges for the theory of the firm are raised also.

Keywordsbusiness ethics; sustainable development; occupational health and safety; theory of the firm
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350710. Organisational behaviour
500102. Business ethics
520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Graduate School of Business
University of Southern Queensland
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