Good Business

Catholic Social Teaching at Work in the Marketplace

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“O’’Brien, Collier, and Flanagan’’s Good Business strikingly illustrates how Catholic social teaching challenges the overemphasis on individualism and profit for a few in contemporary American capitalism. In eight chapters the book develops and applies a different theme of Catholic social teaching to the structure of economic life.  .  .  .  The authors admirably bring together theory and practice by relating in each chapter a different approach to economic enterprises illustrating the incorporation of the theme developed in that chapter.”

Charles E. Curran
Southern Methodist University

“In an era when so much of business ethics treats only issues within the firm, O’’Brien, Collier, and Flanagan’’s Good Business: Catholic Social Teaching at Work in the Marketplace employs Scripture, tradition, and contemporary Catholic social thought to provide a lively and more expansive vision of what businesses are called to be. An excellent resource for the classroom.”

Daniel Finn
St. John's University
Collegeville, Minnesota

“The abstract reflections of theologians and philosophers have often had little impact on the work of practicing business managers. Good Business seeks to bridge that gap and is a welcome addition to the project of applying the principles of the Catholic social teaching to the challenges of business. The authors provide a useful summary of basic concepts .  .  .  and survey some of the issues that surround them. But beyond that they do a rare thing, which is to make a serious and determined attempt to explain how these basic concepts might play out in the practical management of business enterprises  .  .  .  illustrated by a set of case studies that helps to ground theory in application. The result is a thought-provoking volume for anyone interested in bringing the Catholic social tradition to the world of business.”

Robert G. Kennedy
University of Saint Thomas
Saint Paul, MN

About This Book

Overview

Good Business: Catholic Social Teaching at Work in the Marketplace examines eight themes of Catholic social teaching—human dignity, common good, stewardship, option for the poor, economic justice, subsidiarity, solidarity, and rights and responsibilities—and how they apply to contemporary business practices and critical issues in today’s global economy. Written for undergraduates, the book features case studies and discussion questions that guide learners toward practical application of the concepts in the real world.”

Details

Weight 0.85 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 1.5 x 9 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-169-6

Pages

288

Item # 7059

Customer Reviews

“O’’Brien, Collier, and Flanagan’’s Good Business strikingly illustrates how Catholic social teaching challenges the overemphasis on individualism and profit for a few in contemporary American capitalism. In eight chapters the book develops and applies a different theme of Catholic social teaching to the structure of economic life.  .  .  .  The authors admirably bring together theory and practice by relating in each chapter a different approach to economic enterprises illustrating the incorporation of the theme developed in that chapter.”

Charles E. Curran
Southern Methodist University

“In an era when so much of business ethics treats only issues within the firm, O’’Brien, Collier, and Flanagan’’s Good Business: Catholic Social Teaching at Work in the Marketplace employs Scripture, tradition, and contemporary Catholic social thought to provide a lively and more expansive vision of what businesses are called to be. An excellent resource for the classroom.”

Daniel Finn
St. John's University
Collegeville, Minnesota

“The abstract reflections of theologians and philosophers have often had little impact on the work of practicing business managers. Good Business seeks to bridge that gap and is a welcome addition to the project of applying the principles of the Catholic social teaching to the challenges of business. The authors provide a useful summary of basic concepts .  .  .  and survey some of the issues that surround them. But beyond that they do a rare thing, which is to make a serious and determined attempt to explain how these basic concepts might play out in the practical management of business enterprises  .  .  .  illustrated by a set of case studies that helps to ground theory in application. The result is a thought-provoking volume for anyone interested in bringing the Catholic social tradition to the world of business.”

Robert G. Kennedy
University of Saint Thomas
Saint Paul, MN

About the Authors

Thomas O'Brien

Thomas O’Brien is associate professor of religious studies at DePaul University, Chicago.

Elizabeth W. Collier

Elizabeth W. Collier holds the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics and is professor of business ethics at the Brennan School of Business, at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.

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Patrick Flanagan

Patrick Flanagan is assistant professor in the department of theology and religious studies at St. John’s University, Jamaica, N.Y.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • 1. Human Dignity in a Technological Age
  • 2. The Common Good and
  • Corporate Governance
  • 3. Stewardship and the
  • Educated Consumer
  • 4. In Search of a Capitalist
  • Option for the Poor
  • 5. And Justice for All, Not Just the 1 Percent
  • 6. Subsidiarity in the Midst of Globalization
  • 7. The Challenge of Solidarity in a
  • Competitive Business Environment
  • 8. Weighing Rights against Responsibilities
  • Conclusion

 

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