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Profit at Any Cost?: Why Business Ethics Makes Sense

Profit at Any Cost?: Why Business Ethics Makes Sense

by Jerry Fleming
Profit at Any Cost?: Why Business Ethics Makes Sense

Profit at Any Cost?: Why Business Ethics Makes Sense

by Jerry Fleming


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As a young executive, Jerry Fleming wondered if making a profit and behaving ethically were even compatible. Years later, he discovered that ethical companies not only showed greater profits than their unethical competitors but also experienced greater employee satisfaction and public trust.
With corporate scandals in the headlines, Profit at any Cost? is Fleming's call for businesspeople to rethink how ethics are lived out in the marketplace. In so doing, he says, they will find greater peace, success, and profits. With real-life examples from his thirty-year business career, Fleming challenges readers to:

" see that the business world is not a separate playing field with its own "rules" examine the failures of energy-giant Enron and other troubled corporations
" understand how seemingly insignificant choices lead to unethical business practices
" discover four moral principles that lead to long-term success in business and life
" learn why ethical companies are more successful in the long run

With humor, poignant insights, and a wealth of research, Profit at Any Cost? will challenge and inspire men and women of all professions to bring integrity back to the workplace.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441242822
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 192
File size: 637 KB

About the Author

Jerry W. Fleming (D.Phil.) has served as Chief Executive Officer for three companies. He earned his doctorate from Oxford Graduate School in Dayton, Tennessee, where he wrote his dissertation on the relationship between morality and the earnings of publicly held companies. He and his wife, Sonin, live in Sanibel Island, Florida.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Slippery Slope
1.Enron: The Tip of the Iceberg?19
2.Is the System Flawed?33
3.Profit Is Not a Dirty Word49
Part 2Ethics and Success: Two Sides of the Same Coin
4.Being Ethical Isn't Profitable ... or Is It?63
5.The White Knight Carried a Blue Shield77
6.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly83
7.I'm Ethical ... Right?97
Part 3Navigating the Corporate Minefield
8.Are There Absolutes? Absolutely!111
9.I Wish Everyone Were As Righteous As I119
10.Recalibrating Your Moral Compass133
Part 4The Holy Grail
11.Anatomy of an Ethical Corporation145
12.Security and Significance: The Holy Grail161
13.Peace and Profit: The Real Bottom Line173

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