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Leaders on Ethics: Real-World Perspectives on Today's Business Challenges

ISBN-13: 978-0275996710
ISBN-10: 0275996719
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The following leaders, among others, share their experiences in facing—and facing down—ethical dilemmas and challenges:

• James Copeland, recently retired chairman and CEO of Deloitte & Touche, discusses ethics in public accounting and the uncertain future of big accounting firms.

• Karen Katen, president of Pfizer Human Health and vice chairman of Pfizer, on ethical issues in the pharmaceutical industry. ; Ed Zinbarg, retired chief investment officer and chief administrative officer of Prudential Life Insurance Company, on what businesses can learn about ethics from the world's major religions.

• Steve Odland, chairman and CEO of The Office Depot and chair of the corporate governance task force of Business Roundtable, on what corporations are learning about best practices in ethical governance.

; Deval Patrick, former executive VP, corporate secretary and general counsel of The Coca-Cola Company, former general counsel of Texaco, and now the governor of Massachusetts, on globalization and corporate accountability.

• Debra Waller, chairman and CEO of Jockey International, on the ethics of using sexual images to sell apparel to young people. ; Jack Ward, chairman and CEO of Russell Corporation, on the challenge of managing workforce diversity.

• John Wieland, founder and CEO of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, on the ethical challenges he encountered in developing an entrepreneurial firm.

Framed by insightful commentary by ethics and leadership expert John Knapp, this volume illuminates ethical leadership in action, and its timeless principles will serve to inspire and guide aspiring leaders, students, and entrepreneurs for decades to come.



"These 15 high-powered contributors understand very well that the ethics of modern society has changed rapidly, as evidenced by the behavior of ordinary individuals as well as by the heads of major businesses. They urge readers to consider maintaining an uncompromisingly high level of ethics despite what others get away with, at least for a time, and comment on using crisis as a platform for positive change, recognizing unenlightened self-interest, restoring corporate trust, tying high ethical standards to governance and free enterprise, and learning from the world's great religions. They get more specific on ethical issues in accounting and auditing, in markets where sex sells, in competitive situations, and in higher education. They urge leaders to be trustworthy, sensitive to diversity, accepting of others regardless of class or union affiliation, and capable of putting high values and ethics first."

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"By bringing together in one volume the insights of some of the most thoughtful leaders of some of America's greatest companies, John Knapp provides a valuable service to all who believe that business ethics is a fundamental driver of business success. The strong voices we encounter in this volume show a thoughtful commitment to the ethical dimensions of business leadership, they command the skills needed to make a persuasive and lively argument, and they demonstrate the courage to speak out, even when it may mean controversial critiques of their own companies or professions. This book should be read by every executive in business today both as a primer on ethical business leadership, and as a guide to action in an increasingly complex and challenging global business environment." (James C. Murphy, Ph.D., Executive Director, International Business Ethics Institute)
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