Ethical Problems with the Business Corporation Analytical Essay by Nicky

Ethical Problems with the Business Corporation
This paper analyzes the ethics and operations of corporations.
# 149252 | 2,137 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2011 in Business (Companies) , Ethics (General)

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This is an analytical paper to discuss and analyze the topic of ethics in business. Specifically it will discuss to what extent the corporate form of "the business corporation," its structure, prerogatives, and procedures that lead to ethical problems arising, or being difficult to resolve. The essay ends with the writer concluding that corporations don't have ethics and refuse to use ethical guidelines with their business practices.

The Business Corporation
Ethical Foundations for Leadership
Creating Value-Based Cultures
Ethical Communications
When Businesses go Bad

From the Paper:

"What is a business corporation? To begin a discussion on ethics, it is important to first define a business corporation. A business corporation is a company doing business that enjoys certain legal protections as a corporation. Usually, it is assumed to be a for-profit corporation, founded by three or more members, who sell shares of stock in the corporation to gain capital to operate. Of course, there are also non-profit, charitable, and even religious corporations, but for the most part, corporations are in the business of making a profit as their main business endeavor. There are some expectations for corporations besides making a profit, however. One business ethics writer notes, "The good corporation is expected to avoid perpetrating irretrievable social injury while focusing on its purpose as a profit-making organization" (Duska, 2006). The key to the successful business corporation is the ability to blend ethical and socially conscious operations with profit making, and as history indicates, that has been difficult to maintain for some corporations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bomann-Larsen, Lene and Oddny Wiggen, eds. (2004). Responsibility in world business: Managing harmful side-effects of corporate activity. Tokyo: United Nations University Press.
  • Dilenschneider, R.L. & Salak, J. (2003) Do ethical communicators finish first? Walking the straight and narrow information path. [On-line]. Available at:;col1 [Accessed 17 June 2009].
  • Duska, R. F. (2006). Contemporary reflections on business ethics. New York: Springer.
  • Grace, Damian. 2006. For business ethics. Australian Journal of Management 31, no. 2: 371+.
  • Jones, C., Parker, M. & ten Bos, R. (2005) For business ethics. New York: Routledge.

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