The body of literature on business ethics is growing rapidly. Here are some resources that treat the subject soundly without making it seem that ethical decision-making is simple.
Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right, by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. Harvard Business School Press, 1997.
The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, by Alan Briskin. Berrett-Kohler, 1998.
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras. HarperBusiness, 1994.
Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World, by Laurent A. Parks Daloz, Cheryl H. Keen, James P. Keen, and Sharon Daloz Parks. Beacon Press, 1996.
Management Challenges for the 21st Century, by Peter F. Drucker. HarperBusiness, 1999.
Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business, by John Elkington. New Society Publishers, 1998.
How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living, by Rushworth M. Kidder. William Morrow, 1995.
Corporate Culture and Performance, by John P. Kotter and James L. Heskett. The Free Press, 1992.
Good Intentions Aside: A Manager’s Guide to Resolving Ethical Problems, by Laura Nash. Harvard Business School Press, 1990.
A Simpler Way, by Margaret J. Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers. Berrett-Kohler, 1999. —Compiled by JLS