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Wem gehört das Wasser

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The documentation “Wem gehört das Wasser” telecasted by the WDR discusses the handling and distribution of the water resources on earth. The documentation considers how the company Nestlé operates in different countries. Nestlé was chosen due to its global dimensions and is standing representative for many other big companies. In the selected countries, either the access of the population on drinking water is limited for example in Africa or there is a negative influence on the nature. In both cases it is also considered if the auctions are legal or against the law.

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Grundlagen der Unternehmensethik

Das Buch „Grundlagen der Unternehmensethik“ von Horst Steinmann und Albert Löhr behandelt das Thema Ethik in Unternehmen. Dabei wird herausgearbeitet welche verschiedenen Ethik-Ansätze es in Unternehmen geben kann und wie Ethik in einem Unternehmen und den unterschiedlichen Unternehmensbereichen angewandt werden.

Was mir jedoch besonders gefallen hat sind die Beispiele von Ethik aus der Praxis.

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European Business

European Business, fourth edition

European Business is a book written by Simon Mercado, Richard Welford and Kate Prescott. Their aim is to raise the key issues facing European business today and to evaluate some of the strategic and operational responses to European’s evolving environment. Authors seem to be positive towards changes in European Union’s market. They believe that operational flexibility and innovation could be important to the future development and competitiveness of European companies. They also emphasise how crucial is to take account of cultural nuances in order to avoid expensive mistakes.

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The Business of Europe is Politics. Business Opportunity, Economic Nationalism and the Decaying Atlantic Alliance

The Business of Europe is Politics

“The Business of Europe is Politics” by  Dimitris N. Chorafas, is a book that describes the particular nature of the European mixture of business and politics, it explains how that mix influences trade and relationships between continental Europe and the UK with USA, Russia and Asia. Dr Chorafas explains and heavily critiques organization and practices of European Union, conflicting interests in the Europe and its lack of any business plan.

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International Management Ethics - A Critical, Cross-cultural Perspective (Terence Jackson)

When comparing ethical attitudes one could simply come to the conclusion that one country may be more ethical than another. But for supposing this one would also have to assume that there are global ethical principles which apply to all countries. 

Therefore, in order to compare two countries a better approach is to take a look at what is considered to be ethical by managers and staff in specific countries.
Furthermore some questions can help to understand ethics in different countries:

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Whose Job is it to protect Consumer Health? Tabaccos's Last Stand (Lisa H.Newton, David P. Schmidt)

Wake-Up Calls - Classic Cases in Buisness Ethics (Second Edition)

In diesem Fall geht es um das ethische Dilema: Tabakkonsum, und wie dieses "gelöst“ wurde. Der Buisiness Case bezieht sich auf die USA. Man braucht aber nicht viel Fantasie um die Thematik auf Europa umzumünzen.

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