© 2011

European Business Ethics Cases in Context

The Morality of Corporate Decision Making

  • Wim Dubbink
  • Luc van Liedekerke
  • Henk van Luijk
  • Extensive and nuanced case descriptions

  • Multi perspective, in-depth comments on cases

  • Interdisciplinary approach to business ethics

  • Advanced theoretical approaches to business ethics cases


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

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title European Business Ethics Cases in Context
  • Book Subtitle The Morality of Corporate Decision Making
  • Editors Wim Dubbink
    Luc van Liedekerke
    Henk van Luijk
  • Series Title Issues in Business Ethics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9333-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3516-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9334-9
  • Series ISSN 0925-6733
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 298
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Law and Economics
    Philosophy, general
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