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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 58, Issue 4, pp 345–357 | Cite as

Ethics in Business: Answering the Call

  • William I. SauserJr.
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Abstract

What might happen if business leaders across the globe viewed their work as a sacred calling in a religious sense? Might not the world be a far better place? This paper is an effort to stimulate debate and discussion on this topic. Concepts addressed include: (a) ethics in business, (b) ethical standards in business settings, (c) the role of law, (d) levels of corporate responsibility, (e) the role of religion in business ethics, (f) the idea of business as a calling in a religious sense, (g) the elements of modern corporate culture, (h) creating an ethical corporate culture, (i) demonstrating corporate social responsibility, and (j) providing servant leadership. The introduction to the paper shows how these concepts interrelate; its conclusion offers a challenge to business leaders to answer their call to business in the truest sense.

Keywords

business as a calling business ethics corporate culture corporate social responsibility ethical standards servant leadership value based management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Associate Dean for Business and Engineering Outreach and Professor of Management Business and Engineering OutreachAuburn UniversityMagnoliaU.S.A

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