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Business Ethics

Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization

Fifth Edition

Andrew Crane, Dirk Matten, Sarah Glozer, and Laura Spence

27 June 2019

ISBN: 9780198810070

640 pages

In Stock

Price: £52.99

Award-winning, best-selling, and authoritative: the business ethics book of choice.



Award-winning, best-selling, and authoritative: the business ethics book of choice.

  • The only business ethics textbook to include interviews with professionals, through the Practitioner Spotlight feature in the text and accompanying videos online.
  • An accessible style and easy-to-follow narrative makes the text engaging for any student new to the subject.
  • Provides a truly global approach with case studies and examples from emerging economies and all around the world.
  • Diverse and innovative learning features include Ethical Dilemmas, Think Theory, and Research Exercises, all of which challenge students to consider alternative viewpoints and develop transferable skills.
  • Ethics on Screen boxes reveal ethical issues in the world around us, both on screen and in working life.
  • Includes a comprehensive set of online resources for both instructors and students, including video interviews with practitioners, teaching notes, and further case studies.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Professor Laura Spence and Dr Sarah Glozer join the author team, bringing fresh perspectives and new expertise, while maintaining the highly-praised, straightforward writing style and logical presentation of material for which the book is known.
  • Every chapter contains a Practitioner Spotlight feature where the authors talk to prominent businesswomen and men, discovering the ethical challenges they face at work and also the skills they employ to tackle them.
  • Ethics in Action boxes now include new examples exploring ethical considerations at organizations such as Nudie Jeans Co., Brewdog, and indigenous Bangladeshi tanneries, as well as complex issues including digital currency, modern slavery, and Big Data.
  • New Case Studies address the latest developments in the business environment, such as the sharing economy and sustainability.
  • Enhanced online resources include new, bespoke video interviews with practitioners from the Spotlights feature in the book, quick-fire multiple-choice questions for students, and workshop and flipped classroom activity ideas for lecturers.
  • A new text design makes the learning features more engaging and accessible than ever before and enhances the Case Studies with images.

About the Author(s)

Andrew Crane, Professor of Business and Society, University of Bath, Dirk Matten, Professor of Strategy and Hewlett-Packard Chair, York University, Canada, Sarah Glozer, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Business, and Society, University of Bath, and Laura Spence, Professor of Business Ethics, Royal Holloway, University of London

Table of Contents

    Part A: Understanding business ethics
    1:Introducing business ethics
    2:Framing business ethics: Corporate responsibility, stakeholders, and citizenship
    3:Evaluating business ethics: Normative ethical theories
    4:Making decisions in business ethics: Descriptive ethical theories
    5:Managing business ethics: Tools and techniques of business ethics management
    Part B: Contextualizing business ethics: The corporate citizen and its stakeholders
    6:Shareholders and business ethics
    7:Employees and business ethics
    8:Consumers and business ethics
    9:Suppliers, competitors, and business ethics
    10:Civil society and business ethics
    11:Government, regulation, and business ethics
    12:Conclusions and future perspectives


"It is simply one of the best there is." - Dr Bart Wernaart, Fontys University of Applied Sciences

"The definitive text for teaching Business Ethics." - Dr Sarah Williams, University of Bedfordshire

"An invaluable textbook for Business Ethics." - Dr Allan Sim, University of Aberdeen

"Comprehensive coverage, clear and easy to understand, wide-ranging activities, and excellent online resources." - Tan Yoke Eng, Canterbury Christ Church University

"For years the textbook of choice due to its broad coverage and in-depth research, Business Ethics has reached new heights with Sarah Glozer and Laura Spence joining the Crane and Matten team. Open it at any page and you will be captivated by erudite text, current event analysis, lived experience cases, eye-catching graphics and provocative questions. Also notable are the extensive online resources and a multitude of references to popular media, leading practitioners and ethical action, which will enthuse readers, students and faculty alike, well after they have closed the cover." - Michelle Greenwood, Monash University

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

Business Ethics is supported by online resources and is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The book is supported by an extensive range of online resources :

For students:
Practitioner Spotlight videos and web links
Additional Case Study web links
Additional Ethics in Action web links
Addition Ethics on Screen web links
Think Theory responses
Film list
Ethics career guide
Further reading
Multiple-choice questions

For lecturers:
VLE content
PowerPoint slides
Test bank
Case bank
Sample course outline
Teaching notes for Case Studies
Teaching notes for Ethical Dilemmas
Teaching notes for Ethics in Action features
Teaching notes for Ethics on Screen features
Ideas for structured workshops