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Business ethics and corporate governance in the Second King Report: Farsighted or futile?
G.J. Rossouw
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 2002, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v67i4.380
Abstract: The relationship between corporate governance and business ethics has always been ambiguous. Does corporate governance per definition have an ethical nature or is it merely self-interested? Is business ethics an integral part of corporate governance or is it marginalised or even excluded by the debate on corporate governance? Does corporate governance also include the governance of ethics? This article will focus on the relationship between corporate governance and business ethics from the perspective of a developing country. More specifically, it will look at a recent development in South Africa where the Second Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa (IOD, 2002), also known as the Second King Report, gave particular prominence to business ethics. The motivation for its emphasis on business ethics as well as its guidelines for the corporate governance of ethics will be explored and, in conclusion, critically reviewed.
Research in business ethics
G.J. Rossouw
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 2001, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v66i3.396
Abstract: Research in business ethics is vital for the expansion and credibility of this fairly recent academic field. This article argues that there are three factors that are crucially important for research in business ethics. They are (a) the ontological assumptions that research in this field is premised upon, (b) the choice of research strategies and methodologies and (c) the role of theory in research practice. Each of these three factors is explored and pitfalls relating to each of them are identified. The article also suggests guidelines for dealing with each of these factors in business ethics research.
The philosophical premises of the second King Report on corporate governance
G.J. Rossouw
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 2005, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v70i4.290
Abstract: This article focuses on the philosophical presuppositions of the second King Report on corporate governance for South Africa (hereafter referred to as the King II Report). Especially in the “Introduction and Background” section of the King II Report it is clear that the Report is premised upon a specific understanding of the present-day corporation and its moral obligations. The purpose of this article is to commit what Charles Taylor called “an act of retrieval” in which the philosophical premises of the King II Report will be unearthed and exposed. It will be argued that the view of the present-day corporation that underlies the King II Report could be related back to a number of debates on the notion of the comtemporary corporation and its moral responsibilities that have been played out since the 1970s. It will be indicated how these debates provide the philosophical foundations for the view of the comtemporary corporation and its moral obligations that is espoused in the King II Report. The claim made in the Report that the African world view and culture influenced the Report’s notion of corporate governance will also be critically reviewed. Finally it will be attempted to evaluate to what extent the recommendations of the King II Report live up to its own philosophical premises.
Strategy and skills for moral decision-making in business
G.J. Rossouw
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 1997, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v62i1.552
Abstract: Business Ethics is a truly interdisciplinary field of study. The specific issue of moral decision-making within the field of business ethics testifies to this. Recently some have made important contributions in this regard - contributions in which they emphasised that moral theory is not sufficient for moral decision-making. What is needed besides moral theory is problem-solving ability. In this article the same point is argued, but from a philosophical perspective. It is further indicated that problem-solving ability entails more than merely a strategy fo r making moral decisions. It should also include the development of the thinking skills which are demanded by the strategy chosen fo r problem resolution.
Behoort christene en marxiste in Suid - Afrika in dialoog met mekaar te tree?
G. J. Rossouw
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 1989, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v54i1.806
Abstract: Should Christians and Marxists enter into dialogue with each other? The question that is posed in this article is whether dialogue between Chr ist ians and Marxis ts in South Africa is desirable or not. Reasons are discussed for entering into a dialogue that was put forward by Christians and Marxists during the East European Christian -Marx is t dialogue, as well as those propagated b y the Christians for Socialism movement in Latin America. Each of these motivations for entering into dialogue is evaluated for its validity. Once the validity of some of these motivations has been proved, a description of the current state of attitudes towards a Chr istian-Marxis t dialogue in South Africa is given. The most popular objections against such a dialogue are discussed and it will be shown that these objections are unfounded. As an alternative approach to this negative attitude towards a dialogue a new approach will be propagated.
Business ethics in developing countries
G.J. Rossouw
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 1992, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v57i3.788
Abstract: Underlying this paper is the conviction that it is of the utmost importance that business ethics should indeed become an integral part of business culture in all, and therefore also in developing countries. It is not to be denied that business ethics has to a much larger extent become pari of the business culture' in developed countries than in developing countries. The primary aim of this paper is to provide an explanation for the fact that business ethics is fighting an uphill battle in becoming pari of the business culture in developing countries. Secondly, a thumbnail sketch is given of the preconditions that have to be fulfilled in order to stimulate the development of a moral business culture in developing countries. In order to achieve these goals I will focus mainly on Africa, and more specifically on South Africa.
Die effek van sowjet en Oos-Europese veranderings op kommunistiese en sosialistiese denke in Suid-Afrika
G. J. Rossouw
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 1991, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v56i2.741
Abstract: Vie purpose of (his article is lo determine from a philosophical point of view the extent to which socialist and communist organizations in South Africa have been influenced by the changes that have occurred in Eastern Europe. In order to make such an assessment, it is necessary to identify the nature of the events that occurred in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. This aspect is discussed in the first section of this article. Following this it is argued that different socialist and or communist groups have been influenced in different ways by the Easi-bloc events. In order to demonstrate this difference, the way in which three different political groups in South Africa have been influenced will be highlighted. These groups are the AN C (and its partners the UDF and COSATO), the SACP and the Black Consciousness Movements (like AZAPO). In the concluding section a few observations on the implications of the Eastern European changes for the political and economic debate in South Africa are outlined.
Kreatiwiteit en Dead Poets Society: ’n kritiese evaluering
G.J. Rossouw
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 1996, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v61i2.590
Abstract: Creativity and Dead Poets Society. A critical evaluation Although the need for the development of creative thinking is mentioned in the latest White Paper on education, not much has been done to enable teachers and lecturers to stimulate creativity in their classrooms. In this article, the film Dead Poets Society is used to explore central issues related to the development of creative thinking. The film is treated as a visual case study of Mr. Keating’s approach to the development of creativity. In an analysis of the film his assumptions about creativity are retrieved, as well as the specific methods that he employed in order to stimulate creativity in his students. In the fin a l part of the article a critical evaluation of his approach toward creativity is offered in which both strengths and weaknesses of his approach are exposed. By doing this the problems and challenges related to the development of creative thinking are explored.
A comprehensive approach to the development of thinking skills
G. J. Rossouw,J. C. Lamprecht
Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship , 1995, DOI: 10.4102/koers.v60i4.645
Abstract: The development of independent and innovative thinking entails much more than merely the acquisition of a series of thinking skills. A comprehensive approach based upon inter-disciplinary cooperation between, among others, the disciplines of philosophy, education and pscychology is needed. In such a comprehensive approach to the development of thinking skills the following factors that have a bearing on the acquisition of thinking skills should be addressed: The cultivation of a positive disposition towards the development of thinking. The creation of conditions conducive to the development of thinking. The cultivation of virtues that will dispose a person towards good thinking. An understanding of what good thinking entails. The teaching and assessment of thinking skills. In this article, these various factors and their bearing on the development of thinking skills are explored. A general theoretical framework for the development of thinking skills is proposed that can and should be translated to specific domains of knowledge or to specific human enterprises.
The effects of an L-methionine combination supplement on symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and performance in ultramarathon runners before, during and after ultra-endurance exercise
LM Harden, N Neveling, F Rossouw, SJ Semple, FE Marx, J Rossouw, G Rogers
South African Journal of Sports Medicine , 2004,
Abstract: Objective. To evaluate whether supplementation with an L-methionine combination would reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTS) and improve performance in ultramarathon runners. Design. A double-blind placebo-controlled study. Setting. Twenty-one ultramarathon runners (17 males, 4 females) preparing for participation in an 87.3 km ultramarathon. Interventions. L-methionine combination supplement (L-methionine, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid and magnesium) or placebo containing potato starch. Main outcome measures. Incidence of URTS was recorded during the runner's preparation for an ultramarathon race (75 days) and recovery from the same (75 days). CD4+, CD8+ cell counts and ratios were measured pre race, immediately post race and 75 days post race. VO2max and endurance fitness (percentage VO2max at 4 mmol-1 lactate concentration) were measured during the preparation for the race. Results. During the preparation period the incidence of URTS was 36% in the supplement group and 80% in the placebo group (p = 0.08). The incidence of URTS during the 3 weeks post race was 27% in the supplement group and 40% in the placebo group (p = 0.65). The CD4+/CD8+ cell ratios were not significantly different between groups. Endurance fitness prior to the race and race times were not significantly different. Conclusions. Although the findings of the current study show that an L-methionine combination supplement did not reduce the incidence of URTS or improve performance in ultramarathon runners, benefits may be found with a more detailed investigation using larger sample sizes and immunosuppressed athletes. South African Journal of Sports Medicine Vol.16(1) 2004: 10-16
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