Journal of Academic Perspectives
Journal of Academic Perspectives

Volume 2009 No 3

Measuring the Ethical Quotient of Corporations: The Case of Small and Medium Enterprises in India

Anu Singh Lather, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India

 

Representation of the Divine: God and Satan as Fantastic Characters in the Modern Novel

Anne Loddegaard, Roskilde University, Denmark

 

Dilemmas of the Modern Secular State: the Case of Russia under Putin

James W. Warhola, The University of Maine, US

Measuring the Ethical Quotient of Corporations: The Case of Small and Medium Enterprises in India

Anu Singh Lather, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India

This paper presents an overview of issues in business and professional ethics along with the whole gamut of practical ethical problems and phenomena which arise out of specific functional areas of companies including ethics of accounting information, human resource management, sales and marketing, production, etc. A study has been carried out to measure the Ethical Quotient of small and medium size enterprises (differentiated as High Intellectual Soft Services and Low Intellectual Soft Services depending upon the industry) located in the National Capital Region of Delhi, India. The total sample was 100 working professionals in 25 SMEs and response rate was 70%. The research instrument included a two–part questionnaire with the profile of the organisation and a five-point Likert scale con
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Representation of the Divine: God and Satan as Fantastic Characters in the Modern Novel

Anne Loddegaard, Roskilde University, Denmark

This paper examines the rhetorical function of a fantastic episode in Georges Bernanos’ novel Under Satan’s Sun (1926): a young priest’s terrible combat against Satan in the shape of a horse dealer; God himself is also present, invisible, but definitely there. The popular fantastic genre may seem out of place in a novel belonging to the serious combat literature of the Catholic Revival, and the direct representation of the supernatural is also surprising because previous Catholic Revival novelists, such as Léon Bloy and Karl-Joris Huysmans, maintain a realistic, non-magical world and deal with God and Satan in the form of discourse as theological concepts and spiritual phenomena which can be talked or thought about by narrators or characters, but which are never represented directly
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Dilemmas of the Modern Secular State: the Case of Russia under Putin

James W. Warhola, The University of Maine, US

The ideal of a secular state has deep roots in Western intellectual history, dating at least to the 14th century. These ideas, however, took several centuries to germinate in the form of widespread acceptance in concrete political practice by the time of the latter 20th century. The early 21st century is witnessing a range of acute pressures on governments to accommodate religious-based political demands in a manner that sometimes compromises the ideal of a secular state. Governments, in turn, have at times responded to these pressures in ways that are shaping the very nature of the political regime itself.
Post-Soviet Russia is a clear example of such a reciprocally deterministic pattern. Russia’s multi-nationality and multi-confessional character are manifesting themselves in politica
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