A Selection of Books and Films

A selection of books and films addressing business ethics & corporate responsibility


All In: The Future of Business Leadership (2018), D. Grayson, C. Coulter, and M. Lee, Greenleaf Publishing Limited

Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization (4th ed.) (2015), A. Crane and D. Matten, Oxford University Press

Social Intrapreneurism and All That Jazz (2014), D. Grayson, M. McLaren, and H. Spitzeck, Greenleaf Publishing Limited

Corporate Responsibility Coalitions (2013), D. Grayson and J. Nelson, Greenleaf Publishing Limited

The Dharma of Capitalism: a guide to mindful decision making in the business of life (2012), N. Gor, Kogan Page

Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow (2012), C.E. Johnson, Sage

Business Ethics (2011), Edited by R.M. Thomas, Ethics International Press Ltd
Experiences in Teaching Business Ethics (2011), Edited by R.R. Sims & W.I. Sauser, Jr. Information Age Publishing

Corporate Psychopaths: organisational destroyers (2011), C. Boddy, Palgrave Macmillan 

Ethics and Crisis Management, Part of the 'Ethics in Practice' Series (2011), Edited by L. Svedin, Information Age Publishing 
Giving Voice to Values: how to speak your mind when you know what's right (2010), M.C. Gentile PhD, Yale University Press
The ICSA Corporate Social Responsibility Handbook: CSR and non-financial reporting for business (2nd ed.) (2008), T. Hoskins, ICSA
The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything (2008), S.M.R. Covey, Free Press

Corporate Responsibility: a critical introduction (2008), M. Blowfield & A. Murray, OUP

The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility (2008), A. Crane, A. McWilliams, D. Matten & D.S. Siegel, Oxford University Press
Extraordinary Circumstances: the journey of a corporate whistleblower (2008), C. Cooper, J. Wiley and Sons, Wiley
The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility: the complete reference of concepts, codes and organisations (2007), W. Visser, D. Matten, M. Pohl & N. Tolhurst (eds), ICCA
Managing Business Ethics: straight talk about how to do it right (5th ed.) (2006), L. Trevino & K. Nelson, Wiley

The Integrity Advantage: How Taking the High Road Creates a Competitive Advantage in Business (2003), A. Gostick

A Companion to Business Ethics (2002), R. Frederick (ed), Blackwell
Guide to Business Ethics: the issues and how to manage them (2001), Bonny C. & Moon C. (eds), The Economist Books
Competitive and Ethical (1998), G. Wyburd, Kogan Page
The Fast Track MBA Series (1997), D. Murray, Kogan Page/Coopers & Lybrand
The Ethical Organisation: ethical theory and corporate behaviour (1996), A. Kitson & R. Campbell, MacMillan Business
Ethical Leadership (1995), S. Connock & T. Johns, IPD
Business Ethics (1994), J. Hendry & T. Sorell, Butterworth-Heinemann

Films & Documentaries

Films, both fictional and documentary, can be a useful tool for business ethics teachers and a way to spark discussion about business ethics issues. 


The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

This movie documents the rise and fall of Wall Street stockbroker Jordan Belfort who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive securities scam. It’s the story of corporate greed and excessive affluence in the late eighties.                                                                                                                                                         

The Social Network (2010)

The film portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Now out of prison but still disgraced by his peers, Gordon Gekko works his future son-in-law, an idealistic stock broker, when he sees an opportunity to take down a Wall Street enemy and rebuild his empire. 

The Informant (2009)

Mark Whitacre has worked for lysine developing company ADM for many years and has even found his way into upper management. But nothing has prepared him for the job he is about to undertake - being a spy for the FBI. Unwillingly pressured into working as an informant against the illegal price-fixing activities of his company, Whitacre gradually adopts the idea that he's a true secret agent. But as his incessant lies keep piling up, his world begins crashing down around him.                                                                                                                                                                      

It's a Free World (2007)
Angie gets the sack from a recruitment agency for bad behaviour in public. Seizing the chance, she teams up with her flatmate, Rose, to run a similar business from their kitchen.
Michael Clayton (2007)
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit. 

Blood Diamond (2006)
The title refers to diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance the conflicts and profit the warlords and the diamond companies across the world. Against this backdrop, the film tells the story of the intersecting lives of an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, a fisherman from Sierra Leone, and an American reporter.
Thank you for smoking (2006)
Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. 
The Constant Gardener (2005)
This is the story of a British diplomat who in investigating his activist’s wife’s murder in Kenya uncovers a conspiracy involving government officials and a pharmaceutical company.
Lord of War (2005)
An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent. 
Work hard, play hard (2004)
The story of a young French business school graduate whose first assignment is to audit a company in the French provinces, in preparation for a takeover. He soon realizes that this will mean downsizing the company, which causes a crisis of conscience in him.

The Corporation (2003)                                                                                                                                                                Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Erin Brockovich (2000)
The true story of a legal clerk who brings a case against a company in California which had contaminated local drinking water.
The Insider (1999)
This film stars Russell Crowe as an employee in the tobacco industry who breaks the confidentiality clause he has agreed with his employer.
Rogue Trader (1999)
The true story of Nick Leeson, a Barings Bank trader, who unbeknownst to his employers, was gambling with company money. His staggering losses force Barings into bankruptcy.
A Civil Action (1998)
The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste.
Schindler's List (1993)
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. 
Wall Street (1987)
"Greed is good" - A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing. 
Norma Rae (1979)
A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionise her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.


Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work (2016) 
This documentary series explores the vital role of ethical decision-making in contemporary business practices.
The True Cost (2015)
So-called "fast fashion" has its roots in places like garment factories in Cambodia and Bangladesh, where much of this film takes place. Viewers see the inhuman working conditions and learn about the lives of the people there; plus they hear from designers themselves. 
(Dis)honesty: The Truth about Lies (2015) 
Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores why people lie— and the consequences of not telling the truth. The film alternates between a series of compelling interviews with people whose careers were destroyed through dishonesty and descriptions of behavioral experiments on the topic. 
Margin Call (2011)
Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the financial crisis.
Inside Job (2010)
Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.
Flow: For the Love of Water (2008)
Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary builds a case against the growing privatisation of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Food Inc (2008)
This American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. The film is narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.
The End of Poverty? Think Again (2008)
A look at why poverty exists when there is so much poverty in the world.
The World According to Monsanto (2008)
This French documentary, directed by independent filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, paints a grim picture of a company with a long track record of environmental crimes and health scandals. 
Enron: The Smartest Guy in the Room (2005)
The chronicle takes a look at one of the greatest corporate disasters in history, in which top executives from the 7th largest company in this country walked away with over one billion dollars, leaving investors and employees with nothing. It features insider accounts and rare corporate audio and video tapes that reveal colossal personal excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy.
Wal-Mart: The high cost of low price (2005)
A feature length documentary that investigates the retail giant's impact on families and American values.
We Feed the World (2005)
A film about food and globalisation, fishermen and farmers, long-distance lorry drivers and high-powered corporate executives, the flow of goods and cash flow–a film about scarcity amid plenty. With its unforgettable images, the film provides insight into the production of our food and answers the question what world hunger has to do with us. 
The Corporation (2004)
A documentary on the global impact of large organisations. It treats them as a patient undergoing psychoanalysis and decides that they are psychopaths.
Super Size Me (2004)
The film maker decides to live for a month on the best deals that McDonalds have to offer. It raises the question of people's individual responsibility for their diets and when fast food corporations may persuade people to eat unhealthily. 
Roger and Me (1989)
This was Michael Moore's first expose of corporate America. It is the story of the decline of his home town of Flint Michigan after General Motors closed its factories there.


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