Ethics at Work: Creating Virtue at an American Corporation

It is with great pleasure that the Center announces the publication of Daniel Terris' newest book, Ethics at Work: Creating Virtue at an American Corporation. Director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Terris spent two years researching Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest defense contractors. Through an extensive analysis of corporate materials and interviews with ethics officers and employees, Terris developed a portrait of this powerful organization and an assessment of its ethics program.

A selection from Ethics at Work...

"Lockheed Martin has created the tidiness of its ethics program by building it inside a sturdy compartment, and then carefully making sure that the package remains intact. This is a careful strategy, aiming to build morale within the Lockheed Martin community, and to build confidence about the ethics program among those who work for the U.S. Government and in the larger arena of public opinion. This strategy does not diminish the program's successes within that compartment. But it does mean that the program will inevitably meet at best only a portion of public expectations, because not everyone accepts the notion that ethics should be so strictly contained. If business ethics means the full measure of the impact that a corporation has on its world, then compartmentalizing an ethics program will always be unsatisfactory. A narrowly-defined ethics program may thwart hackers, cheaters, and thieves, but it is poorly positioned to consider and prevent the greatest harms that a powerful organization can inflict on its communities, and on the world."

Ethics at Work (2005) is published by the University Press of New England. Ordering information is also available at Amazon.com.

Previous books by Daniel Terris include A Twilight Struggle: The Life of John F. Kennedy (1992) and A Ripple of Hope: The Life of Robert F. Kennedy (1997), both with Barbara Harrison; and Catholics, Jews and the Prism of Conscience (2001) and Literary Responses to Mass Violence (2004), both edited with Sylvia Fuks Fried.

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