Good reads

Title: Giving Voice to Values: how to speak your mind when you know what’s right.

Author: Mary Gentile.   Published in 2010 by Yale University Press  

How do you effectively stand up for your values when pressurised by your boss, peers or shareholders to do the opposite? … Gentile explains why past attempts at preparing business leaders to act ethically too often failed, arguing that the issue isn’t distinguishing right from wrong, but knowing how to act on values despite opposing forces. Through research-based advice, practical exercises and scripts for handling a wide range of ethical dilemmas, Gentile empowers business leaders with the skills to voice and act on their values, and align their professional path with their principles. (publisher’s text)


Title: Winning by the Rules: ethics and success in the insurance profession

Author: Ken Brownlee.  Published in 2001 by the National Underwriter Company

This book explores concepts of ethical behaviour as they relate to the risk-spreading mechanism of insurance… and moves on to discuss how insurance ethics differ from and overlap with other areas of business ethics. (edited text from the Introduction)



Title: Insurance Ethics for a More Ethical World

Editors: P. Flanagan, P. Primeaux and W. Ferguson.  Published in 2007 by JAI Press

The insurance industry has been marked by exponential growth over the recent decade with more and more individuals and corporations appealing to the long-term security this service sector provides. As facts about ethical lapses and outright fraud emerge, however, the refuge that insurance companies were entrusted to provide may not be as embracing as first appears. (publisher’s text)

Papers selected from the 12th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, New York, USA, 2005

Title:  Conflict of Interest in the Professions

Editors: M. Davis and A. Stark.  Published in 2001 by Oxford University Press.

The notion of conflict of interest is more relevant today than ever. Ethical sensitivities about the relationship between professionals and those they serve is a source of constant debate. This book sets a new standard for work on this perennial topic, collecting a set of practical essays by top applied ethicists on a wide variety of professions and occupations. (publisher’s text)