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Cambridge Handbook of Research Approaches to Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
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While there is a large and ever-expanding body of work on the fields of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR), there is a noted absence of a single source on the methodology and research approaches to these fields. In this book, the first of its kind, leading scholars in the fields gather to analyse a range of philosophical and empirical approaches to research in business ethics and CSR. It covers such sections as historical approaches, normative and behavioural methodologies, quantitative, qualitative and experimental perspectives, grounded theory and case methodologies, and finally a section on the role of the researcher in research projects. This book is a valuable and essential read for all researchers in business ethics and CSR, not only for those starting out in the fields, but also for seasoned scholars and academics.


'This Handbook provides a much-needed holistic overview of the various research methods available to business ethicists. The book’s focus on methods tailored to the normative character of the business ethics discipline makes it especially valuable. New and established ethics scholars alike will appreciate the Handbook’s comprehensiveness.'

Daryl Koehn - Wicklander Chair in Professional Ethics, DePaul Univeristy, Chicago

'This Handbook almost makes me wish I were back at the beginning of my career and had the advantage of this wonderful smorgasbord of research approaches to business ethics and corporate responsibility in one place. Happily, it is never too late to register the value of the range of possible methodologies represented here. Read, and be inspired.'

Laura J. Spence - Royal Holloway, University of London

'Business ethics researchers with a favored methodology and those still searching for one will find much in this broad ranging and urgently needed volume to stimulate their thinking and perhaps challenge their assumptions about the best ways to approach topics in this expanding field of scholarship.'

John R. Boatright - Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ, Professor of Business Ethics Emeritus, Loyola University, Chicago

'Contemporary business ethics scholarship is a multidisciplinary field of inquiry, one that includes normative scholarship, conceptual scholarship, and descriptive social science scholarship. Because of its multidisciplinary nature, it can be challenging for younger scholars and those new to the field to produce contributions that are both theoretically sophisticated and methodologically rigorous. Werhane, Freeman, and Dmytriyev have made a significant contribution to the field by compiling authoritative essays on many of the most significant methods used in business ethics scholarship. The Handbook should be of particular value for doctoral education and as a resource for emerging scholars.'

Denis G. Arnold - Jule and Marguerite Surtman Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics, Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

'Reading this book is the closest thing I can imagine to actually taking an intensive doctoral seminar with Professors Werhane and Freeman - two of the most important founding figures in business ethics - while seated beside Mr Dmytriyev and some other current and past students, among several additional and knowledgeable guests who are also important voices in the field.'

Christopher Michaelson - David A. and Barbara Koch Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, Associate Professor, Ethics and Business Law, University of St Thomas

'This book represents a contribution to the field of business ethics that is long overdue. The compilation of research methods that are available for business ethics scholars is both comprehensive and current. It underlines that methodology is a relevant tool for answering critical moral questions business ethics scholars should pursue. It should be a resource on every business ethics scholar’s desk.'

Dawn R. Elm - David A. and Barbara Koch Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics and Leadership, Executive Director, Society for Business Ethics, University of St. Thomas

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