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    The Golden Rule and Business Ethics: An Examination
    with Brian K. Burton
    Journal of Business Ethics 56 (4): 371-383. 2005.
    The phenomenon of globalization of markets has been accompanied by calls for a globalization of ethical norms. One principle often referred to in such calls is the so-called Golden Rule. The rule, often stated as Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, has long been used and referenced in the business literature. But those who use it often do so without full realization of the rule itself and what it stands for. This paper examines the history, meaning, and problems of the rule and …Read more
  •  71
    The Moral Floor: A Philosophical Examination of the Connection Between Ethics and Business
    with Brian K. Burton
    Journal of Business Ethics 91 (1): 145-154. 2010.
    This paper examines the philosophical basis for the argument that there is a connection between ethical behavior and profitability. Both sides of this argument – that good ethics is good business and that bad ethics is bad business – are explored. The possibility of a moral floor above which ethical behavior is not rewarded is considered, and an economic experiment testing such a proposition is discussed. Johnson & Johnson suffers a potentially devastating blow when some cyanide-laced Tylenol ca…Read more
  •  25
    The multiple-models approach, which has its origins in Levins’s work, is gaining broader acceptance among philosophers. Levins asserted that there is a trade-off between modeling desiderata, which justified the multiple-models approach through two separate justificatory paths. Some attention has been paid to the trade-off thesis, culminating in a paper by Matthewson and Weisberg. However, no attention has been paid to how the trade-off is supposed to justify the multiple-models approach. I argue…Read more
  •  19
    Stakeholder Salience and Ethical Views of Small Business Managers
    with Brian K. Burton
    Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 16 306-309. 2005.
    This study investigates possible links between small-business managers’ perceptions of stakeholder salience and their views of the ethicality of business decisions. Results indicate few if any links between the two concepts exist. They provide evidence that small-business managers make decisions in line with internal viewpoints rather than external pressures
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    Stakeholder Salience and Corporate Performance
    with Brian K. Burton
    Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 16 302-305. 2005.
    This paper reports the results of a study essentially replicating that of Agle, Mitchell, and Sonnenfeld concerning stakeholder salience, values, andorganizational performance, but surveying small business managers instead of large-firm CEOs. The results in some ways parallel the findings of Agle et al. and in some ways diverge.
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    Inner leadership: A social cognitive-based approach toward enhanced ethical decision making
    with Christopher P. Neck and Virginia W. Gerde
    Teaching Business Ethics 2 (3): 229-247. 1998.
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    Teaching business ethics through literature
    with Jon M. Shepard and Virginia W. Gerde
    Teaching Business Ethics 1 (1): 33-51. 1997.
  •  4
    Uncertainty, Bias, and Equipoise: A New Approach to the Ethics of Clinical Research
    with William P. Kabasenche
    Theoretical and Applied Ethics 3 (1): 35-59. 2014.
    The concept of equipoise is considered by many to be part of the ethical justification for using human subjects in clinical research. In general, equipoise indicates some uncertainty about the relative merits of the experimental intervention compared to existing treatments. Relieving this uncertainty gives scientific value to an experiment, thereby making the risks to human subjects in the trial acceptable, other considerations notwithstanding. But characterizing equipoise remains controversial …Read more
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    Rossian Moral Pluralism as a Framework for Business Ethics
    with Brian K. Burton and Craig P. Dunn
    Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 15 34-42. 2004.
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    The Institutional-Ideological Model
    with Brian K. Burton
    Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 13 68-76. 2002.
  • The National Basketball Association (NBA)-Is it FANtastic?
    with L. Scott Casino and Virginia Gerde
    Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 9 273-286. 1998.