Since the late 1960s American culture has been involved in a struggle to articulate an effective business ethics. The scandals of Enron and WorldCom constitute egregious examples of the absence or deficiency of ethical decision-making in matters of commerce. The purpose of this volume is to inaugurate a dialogue on the common elements of all three Abrahamic traditions - Christianity, Islam, and Judaism - that touch on ethical issues in business. With more than 40 scholars, religious and business leaders joining the debate, this anthology is the beginning of a reconstruction of the understanding of the relationship between religion and commerce. The following questions are addressed: Is a purely secular business ethics irremediably deficient? Does a substantive business ethic require a religious and spiritual framework? To what extent does current business practice reflect a spiritual dimension? What are the various religious traditions' perspectives on the ethics of commerce? Can the various religious traditions generate a non-adversarial, consistent, and coherent business ethic? Is there a role for religion and spirituality in a global and post-modern business world?
Readership: this title is suitable for business ethicists, business leaders, religious leaders, theologians, moral philosophers, political scientists, and readers with an interest in organisations and culture.
Nicholas Capaldi is the Legendre-Soule Distinguished Chair of Business Ethics at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the Loyola Institute for Ethics and Spirituality in Business. Professor Capaldi is the author of 7 books, over 60 articles, and editor of six anthologies. He is an internationally recognized scholar and a domestic public policy specialist on such issues as higher business ethics, education, bioethics, affirmative action, and immigration.