Values, Nature, and Culture in the American Corporation

Paperback | September 1, 1995

byWilliam C. Frederick

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In Values, Nature, and Culture in the American Corporation, distinguished ethicist William Frederick explores issues of fundamental importance to all who aspire to conduct their business affairs ethically. He begins with an examination of the three value systems in business that are basicallyincompatible, and therefore in constant tension. The first is the need for managers to efficiently allocate resources for maximum profits. The second is the natural tendency for managers, in pursuit of the first goal, to accumulate power for its own sake. The third is the desire for people in thecommunity to create relationships that will perpetuate these communities. Frederick brings in a range of ideas and concepts from the social sciences as well as the natural sciences to illuminate his discussion. In the final section of the book he explores a range of issues of current concern tomanagers, including corporate culture and technology.

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In Values, Nature, and Culture in the American Corporation, distinguished ethicist William C. Frederick explores issues of fundamental importance to all who aspire to conduct their business affairs ethically. He Proposes a new theory of the origin and role of business values that combines and synthesizes natural science, social science...

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In Values, Nature, and Culture in the American Corporation, distinguished ethicist William Frederick explores issues of fundamental importance to all who aspire to conduct their business affairs ethically. He begins with an examination of the three value systems in business that are basicallyincompatible, and therefore in constant tens...

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In Values, Nature, and Culture in the American Corporation, distinguished ethicist William C. Frederick explores issues of fundamental importance to all who aspire to conduct their business affairs ethically. He Proposes a new theory of the origin and role of business values that combines and synthesizes natural science, social science...

William C. Frederick is at University of Pittsburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 0.91 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195096746

ISBN - 13:9780195096743

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. Values in Business2. The Original Values of Business3. The Power-Aggrandizing Values of Business4. The Structure of Corporate Values5. The Values of Managers6. Ecologizing Values and the Business Dilemma7. The Values Within Technology8. The Business Ethics Question9. A New Normative Synthesis10. Business and the Moral ProcessEpilogueBibliographic NoteName IndexSubject Index

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In Values, Nature, and Culture in the American Corporation, distinguished ethicist William C. Frederick explores issues of fundamental importance to all who aspire to conduct their business affairs ethically. He Proposes a new theory of the origin and role of business values that combines and synthesizes natural science, social science, and philosophy.

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"...a masterwork by a scholar long interested in studying business organizations as social systems and ethical environments...a facinating journey..."--Ethics