1. Made for teaching
Each chapter corresponds to a two hour lecture, the ten chapters make up a full course that has been run three times.
2. Questions and Homework
Questions and homework included. Most of them assume Internet, and address modern, real-world questions.
3. Real cases of unethical behaviour
Cases from oil, pharmaceuticals, computing, auditing, banking etc.
4. Real cases of good ethical behaviour
Cases include Red Cross and several businesses. All have done well.
5. Major unsolved questions
Governance of climate and finance major outstanding challenges for humanity.
6. Extending ethics to organisations
Previously only in two books, both addressed at US Health, i.e. this is the first attempt at a general methodology. Holistic methods like systems theory and complexity covered.
7. Integrating social responsibility into ethics
This has been done before, but without noticing the implied logical difficulties, e.g. when addressing Human Right. First book to include ISO 26000 (Crane and Matten 2010 references an early version that later was radically altered).
8. Integrating governance into ethics
Governance is an area in development, with conflicts between US (“freedom”) and Europe (“stakeholder orientation”). Written from a European point of view, with reference to a major work from South Africa.
9. Integrating modern management
Many texts, especially in business ethics, assume old management methods, like US mass production from the 1950s. This book incorporates Japanese production, service management and ethics & governance concerns to make it fully updated.
10. Integrating philosophy
Includes philosophical topics like methodology, Philosophy of Science, logic and Theory of Knowledge. Modern items like complexity, chaos, fractals, alternatives to “peer review” etc.
Ethics for decisions. Shortcomings of normal human decisions. Challenges to decision support systems. Ethics as a basis for computer systems.
Author participates in development of future standards in Human Resources, project management and finance.
Fjellhamar June 13 2013
Tore Audun Høie