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Finance ethics : the rationality of virtue / John Dobson
Bib ID 2988927
Format BookBook
Author
Dobson, John, 1957-
 
Description Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c1997 
xx, 183 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0847684016 (alkaline paper) (cloth)
0847684024 (alkaline paper) (paper)
Summary

The first book ever to integrate business ethics with financial economics, Finance Ethics shows how ethical behavior fits within the rational, profit-maximizing finance paradigm. Dobson argues that even in economic terms the finance paradigm has a serious flaw: it views the firm and financial markets in general as contractual nexuses, yet it fails to supply adequate mechanisms for enforcing those contractual relations. Finance Ethics is therefore not just a moral critique of the finance paradigm, arguing that self-interested profit making must be constrained by ethics. Rather, it is a critique from within that paradigm, in which truth becomes a rational mechanism to enforce contracts, and virtuous behavior is shown to make the most business sense.

Full contents
  • Pt. I. Within the Finance Paradigm. 1. The Finance Paradox. 2. A Contractual Problem. 3. Is Reputation Enough?
  • Pt. II. Challenging the Finance Paradigm. 4. Toward Reconciling Ethics and Finance. 5. Ethics in Financial Practice. 6. Some International Implications
  • Pt. III. Beyond the Finance Paradigm. 7. Which Rationality? 8. Practical Rationality. 9. Some Gender Implications. 10. Toward a New Finance Paradigm.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-178) and index.

Subjects Business ethics.  |  Finance -- Moral and ethical aspects.

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