Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 16, Issue 16, pp 1687–1703

An Analysis of U.S. Disinvestment from South Africa: Unity, Rights, and Justice

  • David Malone
  • Susanna Goodin

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005753418412

Cite this article as:
Malone, D. & Goodin, S. Journal of Business Ethics (1997) 16: 1687. doi:10.1023/A:1005753418412


This study examines the issues associated with the disinvestment of U.S. interests from South Africa that took place in the mid-80s from the perspective of three dominant moral theories: utility, rights, and justice. By examining the issues in light of these three theories, the paper attempts to establish a decision framework from which managers and investors can evaluate similar decisions they are facing around the world today. Similarly, the reading may prove useful to educators who incorporate discussions of ethical decision making into the classroom.

Training in business ethics too often takes a strictly utilitarian perspective, or worse, a relativistic one. This study attempts to illustrate how utilitarian theory and related rights and justice issues can he interwoven into the heuristics associated with the contemporary concepts of corporate social responsibility.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Malone
    • 1
  • Susanna Goodin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AccountingUniversity of IdahoMoscow
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of WyomingLaramie

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