When business behaves badly, who is held morally responsible? The firm or the individual?
Who Is Morally Responsible: The Individual or the Firm?
Opinions and interviews from a pioneering conference held by INSEAD-Wharton Centre for Global Research and Education.
A perennial question in business ethics concerns the extent to which business firms and organizations themselves can be correctly said to have moral responsibilities and obligations (or not). This debate continues among prominent scholars today, and the aim of this conference was to bring together some of the strongest voices on both sides of the debate to update the current state of argument and to develop new and potentially useful approaches to the underlying problem.
Punishing individuals instead of firms would be a more effective deterrent to wrongdoing
Because corporations are not capable of experiencing emotions, we should stop thinking of them as persons.
Firms are considered legal persons and are therefore held liable for wrongdoing on moral grounds, but they are also composed of...