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A new core in Business Ethics:
Perspectives on developmental processes based on reciprocity of theoretical and practical elements
Institute for Social Ethics Colloquium #5, 2012

November 14, 2012

As the importance of Business Ethics continues to grow in the twenty-first century, it is regrettable that the desired developmental processes based on intermediating reciprocation of theoretical and practical elements have not been achieved to satisfaction.
The first theoretical cause of hindrance is that Business Ethics actually handles only ethical actions of individuals in organizations with the individual as the only actual ethical actor, and does not focus on the ethical characteristics of organizations that affect the actions of individual actors.

The second impeding cause can be considered excessive education and the theoretical weakness therein.
In order to address these two causes, while intermediating reciprocation of the problems of organizational ethics and business ethics education, these must be placed in the context of developmental processes.
Based on these perspectives, we have invited two business philosophers to this gathering that should help us to discover a new core in Business Ethics.

[ Date/time ] Saturday December 1, 2012, from 3:00 p.m.
[ Venue ] Special Joint Research Facility (P Room), 1F, Building J, Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University
[ Session 1 Lecturer ] Haruo Murata
(Professor Emeritus, Momoyama Gakuin University)
[ Session 1 Topic ] Organizations and ethics: an organic philosophy perspective
[ Overview 1 ] Society contains may organizations that are interconnected in the accomplishing of their activities.
Specifically, the household is the basic organization, followed by businesses, educational bodies, governmental organizations, religious groups and many other organizations that make up society as a whole.
These structures embody human action.
Organizations also are interconnected in space-time with humanity, society and nature.
Awareness of these relationships poses the question of the source of organizational ethics.
Considering the scale of the effect of business on modern, organizational society, the twentieth century can be said to have been part of a “business civilization”.
Let us observe what the questions related to organizations and ethics that should be asked in the modern age as it greets a new transition of civilization with a perspective of organic philosophy.
[ Session 2 Lecturer ] Kazuki Takada
(Research fellow (PD), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Visiting researcher, Keio University Global Security Research Institute)
[ Session 2 Topic ] Institutionalization of business ethics and business education initiatives: experiments with teaching corporate responsibility at university
[ Overview 2 ] Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) began in 2005 as an ambitious experiment to overturn the foundations of conventional business educational philosophy.
The basic concept of this experiment has been to reflect the themes of sustainable social structure and corporate social responsibility in the curriculum of advanced educational institutions.
In this report the status of the start of PRME and networking characteristics will be summarized from the perspective of institutionalization of business ethics while introducing example applications to confirm the current conditions and destination of efforts to teach corporate responsibility at the university level.
By introducing PRME, which is not widely recognized in Japan, we can provide themes for business ethics with an eye to business ethics education and survey the future of corporate social responsibility and professional development that will carry the next generation of manufacturing industry.
[ Commentator ] Taro Okuda (Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics)
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