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Book Chapter

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In writing The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, the authors have condensed and streamlined the presentation of the key business law topics to ensure that every page is relevant, engaging, and interesting to today’s learners. This highly accessible textbook uses summaries of cases and case excerpts to improve student understanding. Lau and Johnson are focused on getting students to understand the reason for the law rather than just memorizing the law and its key elements.

New in This Version:

  • Up-to-date materials relevant to the study of the legal environment.
  • New section on agency added to the chapter on employment law.
  • Added notable events, such as the VW emissions scandal.
  • Video content that help illustrate key points have been added to virtually every section of the text.



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Published Version


This document, the book's first chapter, an introduction, has been made available in its published form by permission of the publisher.

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Flat World Knowledge

Place of Publication

Boston, MA



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