Ethical Business Ethics

The 4th Workshop on Business Ethics brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss and develop ideas and research in the field of business ethics and corporate responsibility. The New York Times recently carried a blog post by columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman about US president-elect Donald Trump and the worries that Trump would be unable, or simply unwilling, to disentangle his business dealings from his activities as president. It seems pointless to apply reason to evaluate an action that is not the result of a reasoned decision, though ethics may castigate the neglect of considering consequences before undertaking action. A recent survey released by PopCap Games demonstrates how beliefs affect business ethics.

Compliance with an order does not usually exonerate the actor from bearing responsibility for the consequences, though it is generally considered to be a mitigating factor. They are generally an individual or organization outside of the …