The Role of Business Ethics in Economic Performance

  • Ian Jones
  • Michael Pollitt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ian Jones, Michael Pollitt
    Pages 1-20
  3. John Eatwell
    Pages 21-30
  4. Mark Casson
    Pages 31-48
  5. Simon Deakin, Frank Wilkinson
    Pages 49-67
  6. Norman Barry
    Pages 85-110
  7. Clive Wright
    Pages 171-192
  8. Ian Jones, Michael Pollitt
    Pages 211-218
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 219-227

About this book


The Role of Business Ethics in Economic Performance is a major edited collection of papers on why and how the conduct of business behaviour effects its commercial success. The book offers a comprehensive introduction to the issues looking at the lessons from economic theory, the institutional setting and the supply and demand side conditions which are forcing firms to take ethics seriously. Lord Eatwell considers the ethical foundations of the market economy. Mark Casson analyses the economic importance of leaders, while Simon Deakin and Frank Wilkinson empirically examine the role of contractual obligation in the UK. Adrian Cadbury and Norman Barry examine voluntary institutions and government's importance in setting ethics. Maurie Cohen and Russell Sparkes look at the ethical consumers and ethical investors increasing influence on business conduct. Finally Clive Wright and Neil Hood examine the internal organisation of national and transnational firms which increasingly build an ethical dimension into their corporate decision making.


business ethics decision making economic theory economics ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Jones
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Pollitt
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ExeterUK
  2. 2.Centre for Business ResearchUniversity of CambridgeUK
  3. 3.University of CambridgeUK

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