European Business Ethics Cases in Context

The Morality of Corporate Decision Making

  • Wim Dubbink
  • Luc van Liedekerke
  • Henk van Luijk

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Henk van Luijk†, Wim Dubbink
      Pages 11-17
  3. Case A: The Pharmaceutical Industry and the AIDS Crisis

  4. Case B: Heineken and Promotion Girls in Cambodia – Part 1

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Frans-Paul van der Putten, Rosalie Feilzer
      Pages 65-77
    3. Raoul Wirtz, Edgar Karssing, Gemma Crijns
      Pages 79-85
  5. Case C: Heineken and Promotion Girls in Cambodia – Part 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Frank G.A. de Bakker
      Pages 103-110
  6. Case D: A Disputed Contract – IHC Caland in Burma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Frank G. A. de Bakker, Frank den Hond
      Pages 121-139
    3. Pieter Ippel
      Pages 141-145
    4. Johan Graafland
      Pages 147-153
  7. Case E: The Ice Train Accident near Eschede

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Tsjalling Swierstra
      Pages 177-182
  8. Case F: A Matter of Involvement – Unilever and Indian Cottonseed Cultivation

  9. Case G: Rise and Fall of Silicon Valley in Flanders – Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products

  10. Case H: Construction Fraud

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Johan Graafland, Luc van Liedekerke
      Pages 261-276
    3. Bert Musschenga
      Pages 277-283
    4. Marcel Verweij
      Pages 285-290
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


Business ethics as a discipline leans on cases but flourishes by thorough analysis and reflection. The present volume offers both. After three introductory chapters into business ethics eight recent European cases, mainly stemming from The Netherlands and Belgium and all of them with a clear moral impact, are extensively described and analysed. Among them are the Lernout and Hauspie speech technology disaster, Heineken’s struggle with the promotion girls selling beer in Cambodia, cartels in the Dutch construction industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the Aids crisis, and Unilever allegedly making use of child labour in the cotton industry in India. Each case is followed by two expert comments, from the fields of general ethics, but also of law, economics, management and organisation theory, sociology and social psychology. Cases and comments together offer an unique entrance in varieties of moral reasoning and in the personal and institutional dimensions to be taken into account when facing a corporate case saturated with moral ambiguities. This book will be of interest to researchers as well as teachers of undergraduate and graduate courses in Business Ethics, Business in Society, Management and Organisation Theory and Strategic Management. It will also be useful for business practitioners eager to find moral guidance in their specific field.


Aids Crisis Business Cases Business Ethics Business Morality Business in Society Cartels Child Labour Economic Policy Economics European Business Cases Financial Crisis Institutional Theory Law Management Theory Management and Organisation Management and Organisation Theory Moral Competences Moral Problems in Business Moral Reason Morality Pharmaceutical Industry and Aids Theory and Strategic Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Wim Dubbink
    • 1
  • Luc van Liedekerke
    • 2
  • Henk van Luijk
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of PhilosophyTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands
  2. 2.Fac. Business & EconomicsCatholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.AmsterdamNetherlands

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