Saving Human Lives

Lessons in Management Ethics

  • Robert Elliott Allinson

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 21)

About this book


This is a pioneering work. Recent disasters such as the tsunami disaster continue to demonstrate Professor Allinson’s thesis that valuing human lives is the core of ethical management. His unique comparison of the ideas of the power of Fate and High Technology, his penetrating analysis of the very concept of an "accident", demonstrate how concepts rule our lives. His wide-ranging investigation of court cases and government documents from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, and from places as diverse as the USA, UK and New Zealand provide ample supporting evidence for the universality and the power of explanation of his thesis. Saving Human Lives will have an impact beyond measurement on the field of management ethics.

Patrica Werhane, Peter and Adelline Professor of Business Ethics, Darden School, University of Virginia and The Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics and Director, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, Depaul University, Founding Editor, Business Ethics Quarterly, Honorary President, Society for Business Ethics

Saving Human Lives gives a step by step account of how management systems can be built that can prevent hitherto "unpreventable" disasters. Professor Allinson weaves convincing arguments from original linguistic, literary and ethical analyses and shows how these arguments apply to highly detailed and well documented case studies. Those of us in the field of business ethics are grateful for this creative combination of philosophical argumentation and the marshalling of widespread, empirical evidence that persuades us that, notwithstanding commonly held beliefs, most industrial crises are preventable through sound management structures and decision-making processes only when they are rooted in ethical values and beliefs on the part of top management.’

S. Prakash Sethi, President, International Center for Corporate Accountability, Inc.,

University Distinguished Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York


USA business ethics management morality organization organizations

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Elliott Allinson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Soka University of AmericaUSA
  2. 2.The Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong

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