• Jadranka Skorin-KapovEmail author


This chapter presents the structure of the book and the arguments for addressing professional and business ethical issues through reception and analysis of narrative films, as well as through discussions of relevant real-world cases. The task is to provoke discussions on film’s ethical import, on film’s artistic import, and on film’s business import. Following this introductory chapter, the book is organized in additional seven chapters. It starts by addressing normative ethical theories and critical thinking, and by presenting the elements of narrative film. Subsequent discussions include: the corporate and banking financial machinations, workplace harassment, corruption, whistleblowing, outsourcing and downsizing, innovation and competition, relation of businesses with stakeholders in society, personal responsibility and entity challenges due to career pressures, loss of privacy, and cyber harassment.


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