"Essentials of Business Ethics" provides an introduction to business ethics. It surveys the current literature and core theories with applications to a number of contemporary issues in the field, including corporate responsibility, equal opportunities legislation, the ethics of advertising, and environmental issues. Throughout the text coverage of legal issues is provided where appropriate. The text examines the values upon which business is based with a strong emphasis upon notions of justice within a business context. Although the authors argue that business can never be value-free, no attempt is made to persuade the reader of the superiority of any particular system. Combining theory and practical examples, attention is also given to writers who have studied values 'scientifically' and claim that allegiance to values is measurable. Specific attention is paid to the ethical issues associated with globalization (for example, the conflict of values in international transactions).
Having taught at various British universities throughout my career, I became Head of Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK - a post which I held until 2008. I am currently Honorary Research Fellow in Contemporary Religion at the University of Birmingham. Much of my writing derives from teaching students about religion over the past years.
My books are principally about New Religious Movements, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue. Love, Sex and Marriage is a dialogue on these themes with a Jewish and a Muslim author (Dan Cohn-Sherbok and Dawoud El-Alami). We have just finished writing a follow-up - Why Can't They Get Along? - which explores wider issues on which Jews, Christians and Muslims are divided.
Writings on Christianity include Christianity Today (2010) and Christians in the Twenty-first Century (2012), co-authored with Margaret Z. Wilkins. The latter aims to portray the Christian faith as it is practised, rather than to treat it historically or theologically, as most textbooks do.
The Study of Religion: An Introduction to Key Ideas and Methods, co-authored with Ron Geaves, first appeared in 2007, and a new updated edition was published in 2013. As the title implies, it aims to introduce students to the ways in which religion has been studied in the past, and how scholars approach it today.
My most recent publication on new religions is an anthology co-edited with Benjamin E. Zeller, The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements, in which some 30 leading scholars in the field address a variety of state-of-the-art issues on the topic. This will be available early in 2014.
I am particularly interested in Jehovah's Witnesses. Strangely, there is little academic material written on them. My Historical Dictionary of Jehovah's Witnesses was published in 2008 (later reprinted as the A-Z of Jehovah's Witnesses, and I am currently working on Jehovah's Witnesses: Continuity and Change, which should appear in 2014.