- xv, 285 pages ; 24 cm
- Contents: Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Theoretical perspectives -- A brief history of global capitalism -- Free markets and government regulation -- Cultural diversity and cultural relativism -- Law, ethics, and corporate social responsibility -- Doing business in a global environment : industry analyses and case studies -- Multinational corporations and internet freedoms : CISCO, Yahoo, and Google in China -- Patents, patients, and medicine : big pharma and developing countries -- Corporate environmental responsibility and the petroleum industry -- Political activism and disinvestment -- Responsible sourcing and offshoring -- Conclusions -- Epilogue -- Further reading -- Index.Includes bibliographical references (pages 276-280) and index.Summary: "This book aims to deepen the student's understanding of the complex ethical challenges that businesses face in an increasingly globalized world. As the world moves towards greater interdependence, it has been demonstrated that globalization is linked to economic growth. This raises a critical question: as a key player in fostering economic growth, how does the multinational corporation function as a moral agent? Global Capitalism, Culture, and Ethics offers a sophisticated analysis of theoretical ethical issues such as universalism versus pluralism; the connection between law and morality; the validity of a corporate social agenda; and the general parameters of moral responsibilities for multinational corporations. With these foundational issues addressed, the book proceeds to analyze a number of specific controversies such as the proper scope of political activism, disinvestment, environmental sustainability, and responsible sourcing from low wage countries. The analysis of globalization is not confined to a treatment of the moral obligations of multinational corporations, but also reviews the history of global capitalism, the interdependence between governments and multinational corporations, and the beneficial and harmful effects of globalization on social welfare." -- Publisher's description.