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Business & Society

Business & Society
A Strategic Approach to Social Responsibility & Ethics

Seventh Edition

January 2020 | 606 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Formerly published by Chicago Business Press, now published by Sage

Business and Society provides a strategic framework that integrates business and society into organizational strategies to showcase social responsibility as a highly actionable and practical field of interest, grounded in sound theory. In corporate America today, social responsibility has been linked to financial performance and is a major consideration in strategic planning. This innovative text ensures that business students understand and appreciate concerns about philanthropy, employee well-being, corporate governance, consumer protection, social issues, and sustainability, helping to prepare them for the social responsibility challenges and opportunities they will face throughout their careers.

The author team provides the latest examples, stimulating cases, and unique learning tools that capture the reality and complexity of social responsibility. Students and instructors prefer this book due to its wide range of featured examples, tools, and practices needed to develop and implement a socially responsible approach to business.

The updated Seventh Edition also addresses how the latest trends in technology, including artificial intelligence, block chain, drones, and robotics, impact the world we live in – benefits and threats included.

Key features


  • Chapter opening cases and real company examples from all over the world are included to help students understand how social responsibility works in today's business world.
  • Experiential exercises at the end of each chapter help students apply social responsibility concepts and ideas to business practice.
  • "What Would You Do?" exercises depict real-world scenarios where people are faced with decisions about social responsibility in the workplace.
  • A new debate issue is located at the end of each chapter to highlight the complexity of ethical issues and to help students develop their critical thinking, research, and communication skills.
  • 15 cases at the end of the book allow students to consider the effects of stakeholders and responsibility expectations on larger and well-known businesses, representing the most up-to-date and compelling issues in social responsibility.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Social Responsibility Framework

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