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The Balanced Company: A Corporate Integrity Theory Hardcover – September 26, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0199255504 ISBN-10: 0199255504 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


`A major contribution to the literature on business ethics and corporate responsibility. Their book combines clear writing with a knowledgeable, insightful and comprehensive examination of a huge body of theory and literature on their subject. Their corporate integrity model provides a coherent framework for analysis of the major ethical dilemmas facing modern corporations. This is a thoughtful and thorough book for serious readers wanting to make sense of the corporation's many ethical dilemmas.' Robert J. DeFillippi, Professor of Management, Sawyer School of Management, Suffolk University, Boston

`This book is novel and provocative. The authors move from detailed facts to abstract theories - and back again - and from concrete challenges faced by living corporations to speculation about broad societal challenges - and back again - as if they were speaking of one, seamless ethical, practical world. At the present time there is nothing like this book on the market.' Thomas Donaldson, Mark O. Winkelman Professor and Professor of Legal Studies, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

`The Balanced Company delivers valuable insight for twenty-first-century leadership in a new age of global business practice. Business organizations wishing to succeed over the long term will increasingly govern themselves by the universal principles of integrity; creating corporate cultures that are defined by values that set a strong and clear ethical tone for employees.' Stephen G. Butler, Chairman, KPMG

About the Author

Dr Muel Kaptein and Dr Johan Wempe have been active as consultants in the field of corporate ethics, integrity, social responsibility, and compliance since the early 1990s. They assist profit and non-profit organizations in developing and implementing business codes by providing training sessions, conducting integrity audits, and setting up compliance processes. Muel and Johan co-founded KPMG Ethics and Integrity Consulting in 1995. Johan is co-developer of the ethics game 'Cards on the Table'. Muel has also developed 'The Integrity Thermometer', which has since been used to review a large number of organizations. They have facilitated the development of business codes for many companies. In addition, they also assisted Shell in developing its very first sustainability report in 1998 and have acted as verifiers of subsequent reports.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199255504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199255504
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,929,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By sseale on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book for a class, and found it very useful. The beginning does a good job of outlining various ethical frameworks. Later, various types of problems faced by businesses are described and then placed into broad fundamental categories. Finally, these categories are then analyzed using the various ethical frameworks described earlier in the book.

Each chapter has an ethical case study, where the principles of the chapter are highlighted for discussion and analysis. The authors have an obvious pro-business bias (of course), so the importance of business as a social entity is just assumed.

Overall, this book does a pretty good.
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