Three IESE professors contributed to the "Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society," which recently received acclaim from the American Library Association (ALA). Professors Antonio Argandoña, Nuria Chinchilla and Domènec Melé wrote portions of the reference work, which garnered an ALA 2008 award for "Outstanding Business Reference Source."
The 5-volume encyclopedia was described as "outstanding" by the awarding committee, and was highly recommended for public schools and libraries. Antonio Argandoña contributed entries addressing the areas of capitalism, comparative advantage and monetary policy. Nuria Chinchilla, who directs IESE's International Center for Work and Family, contributed entries on the family-friendly corporation. Domènec Melé addressed the topics of anthropocentrism, Christian ethics and religious discrimination. Prof. Robert W. Kolb, along with an editorial board of 30 scholars, organized the work.
The encyclopedia's publisher, Sage, notes that "the encyclopedia spans the relationships among business, ethics, and society by including more than 800 entries that feature broad coverage of corporate social responsibility, the obligation of companies to various stakeholder groups, the contribution of business to society and culture, and the relationship between organizations and the quality of the environment... It is a premier reference tool for students, scholars, practitioners, and others interested in gaining knowledge of the role business plays with regard to the environment in which it exists."
Also in the area of business ethics, a series of IESE research documents have been spotlighted by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) as among the most downloaded on its website. The frequently-read papers were first presented last July at the conference, "Humanizing the Firm and the Management Profession," organized by IESE's "la Caixa" Center for Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance. To date, almost 3,500 downloads of documents related to this event have been tracked.