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This book aims to fill a gap in the literature on ethics in relation to business, management and computing and is designed to illustrate the application of ethical issues in those fields. We claim no special expertise as ethicists but we can propose that as teachers, researchers and management and business practitioners based on a group active at Liverpool Hope University, we have a four-pronged handle on these topics that offers a special insight into them and will offer the book a particular approach that will appeal to pedagogic and scholarly interests as well as to a more general readership.

In particular we believe that Liverpool Hope University is a special kind of institution because the ethical dimension runs through every aspect of our corporate life; it is embodied in our corporate mission statements and gives the teaching and research at this institution a special flavour. Thus our teaching and research touches other people's lives and professional practice. Some of the authors are faculty colleagues at Liverpool Hope University, others are visiting faculty or directly connected with us in our teaching or research.

Scholarly research is a central focus in our work and it is directed towards areas that are important for practice as well as for theory. This book brings together some significant areas of leading edge research and scholarship in the context of engagement with communities of practice (defined locally, regionally and professionally), with local businesses, with international students, police, teachers, housing managers, ambulance workers. We aim to build on a strong pedagogic tradition based on classroom teaching, both real and virtual, so we have an applied focus in which scholarly research engages with real world issues.

The chapters are research-informed and based in the practical experience of the contributors but hopefully are written in a way that is accessible and suitable for a range of audiences. There is a strong intercultural and transnational flavour. The book is explicitly cross-disciplinary, and we hope it will appeal to readers from a wide background in areas such as organization analysis, computer studies and information systems as well as philosophy and ethics.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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