ISBN-10:
0275996751
ISBN-13:
9780275996758
Pub. Date:
04/30/2008
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Temptations in the Office: Ethical Choices and Legal Obligations

Temptations in the Office: Ethical Choices and Legal Obligations

by Stephen M. GoldmanStephen M. Goldman

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Overview

Sex, money, and power. Themes from the latest potboiler? No, these are key temptations in a place we all know well: The office. People work most productively in humane environments with high ethical standards. Management must set the tone by talking about, and embodying, values that promote decent behavior. But how? This book considers key workplace challenges—including sexual harassment, conflicts of interest, greed, and abuse of power—in which gray areas abound (It may be legal, but . . . ). There is hope. As Stephen Goldman shows in this book, companies can move in the right direction by combining clear thinking about right and wrong and an understanding of the requirements the law imposes on conduct. And his simple guidelines for behavior will stand companies and individuals in good stead when temptations arise.

Goldman draws on his experience as a corporate litigator, Oxford-trained philosopher, and businessperson to show readers how to lead organizations committed to behaving both ethically and legally in all situations. And he does it in a new way. Most books on business ethics take one of two approaches. On the one hand are books heavily laden with excerpts from the giants of moral philosophy. They are too abstract to be useful in solving day-to-day problems. On the other hand are anecdotal books that tell interesting stories. But they do little more than present conundrums, without describing any logical method business people can use to resolve the unique problems that they are sure to face in their careers. Goldman offers a different approach, one that combines illustration and principle. Covering such timely topics as sexual harassment, questionable accounting, discrimination, and ethically corrupt corporate cultures, Goldman shows readers how to recognize the distinctions between can and should, communicate and promote the organization's commitment to honesty and trust, and measure the rewards. Even better, the book offers methods for solving key problems businesses face day in and day out. The result? Readers will stay on the straight and narrow path—to a great company culture, satisfying work, and financial success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275996758
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen M. Goldman is a lawyer, law professor, and business person. A graduate of Duke University and the University of Michigan Law School, he holds a Doctorate in Political Theory, with a concentration in Ethics, from Oxford University. He is on the faculty at the Catholic University of America School of Law, while also maintaining a law practice.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART ONE: ETHICAL CHOICES AND LEGAL OBLIGATIONS

I. How to Think About Ethical Choices

II. Economics, Law, and Business Choices

III. Injecting Principled Decision-Making into Ethical Decisions: The Foursquare Protocol

PART TWO: TEMPTATIONS IN THE OFFICE

IV. Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination, and Paramour Preference

V. The Multiple Dimensions of Conflicts of Interest

VI. Incentive Compensation: Honesty, Greed, and Fraud

VII. Money: Cutting Corners with Your Customers

VIII. Power Wrong-Doing: The Neglected Stepchild

CONCLUSION: Face the Facts, Tell the Truth, Run on Time

Index

What People are Saying About This

John W. Adler

"I've been a trial lawyer and as a result, a small businessman for the best part of 50 years. My only regret on reading Professor Goldman's new book is that I hadn't had it earlier in my career. It is a practical, intelligent and readable work on a difficult subject and should be on every businessman's book shelf."

John W. Adler

"I've been a trial lawyer and as a result, a small businessman for the best part of 50 years. My only regret on reading Professor Goldman's new book is that I hadn't had it earlier in my career. It is a practical, intelligent and readable work on a difficult subject and should be on every businessman's book shelf."

John W. Adler, Adler, Murphy & McQuillen, LLP, Chicago

James Outman

"With experience in both the law and in business management, Goldman offers clear, everyday theoretical situations alongside examples drawn from newspapers and court opinions to illustrate the importance of ethics in running every aspect of a business….It's easy to imagine a list of former corporate titans who would have benefited from reading Temptations in the Office-and might yet do so in their cells in federal penitentiaries. In the meantime, Goldman offers an immensely useful, practical volume that should be required reading for anyone in a position to make business decisions at every level of management."

James Outman

"With experience in both the law and in business management, Goldman offers clear, everyday theoretical situations alongside examples drawn from newspapers and court opinions to illustrate the importance of ethics in running every aspect of a business….It's easy to imagine a list of former corporate titans who would have benefited from reading Temptations in the Office-and might yet do so in their cells in federal penitentiaries. In the meantime, Goldman offers an immensely useful, practical volume that should be required reading for anyone in a position to make business decisions at every level of management."

James Outman, President, Lakeside Publishing Group

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