Business Ethics and the Law
This book contains the Rockwell Lectures delivered at Rice University in February, 1989. What should a business firm do when its activities are within the law, yet potentially harmful? Each of the lectures is built around a case, reflecting the ethical dilemma faced by business managers when doing more than the law requires, which may mean substantial loss of profit. With the issue of dial-a-porn, telephone companies were faced with conflicting interests of protecting children against harm, preserving free speech, and profit. In a property sales case, a potential flooding problem could result in substantial financial loss to the purchaser and damage to condominiums. In a case where the complete bid of a competitor had been obtained and the law was murky, winning a contract was pitted against fairness and honesty.
The Author: William May is the Director of the Program in Business Ethics and an Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. He teaches business and medical ethics. He conducts ethics seminars for business firms and people in a variety of professions. His recent works include Ethics in the Accounting Curriculum, Cases and Readings (1990) and Ethics and Higher Education (1990).