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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Al Gini  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1944 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Gini was born in Chicago and currently resides in River Forest. He works at Loyola University and WBEZ FM, the Chicago NPR affiliate.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gini is Chair of the Management Program and Professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University Graduate School of Business. He is the co-founder and associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of the Society for Business Ethics. He is also a lecturer, consultant on corporate ethics, and can be regularly heard on National Public Radio's Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho: Funny, Insightful, Encouraging and Sometimes Painful Quotes About Work
ISBN: 0879460946

Acta Pubns. 1997

What do Albert Camus and Mike Ditka, Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr., Karl Marx and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Frank Zappa and Zorba the Greek have in common? They all had something interesting to say about work, and they're all included in Heigh-Ho! Heigh-Ho!, a great primer for anyone interested in the meaning and spirituality of work.

My Job, My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual
ISBN: 041592636X

Routledge. 2001

In My Job My Self, Gini plumbs a wide range of statistics, interviews with workers, surveys from employers and employees, and his own experiences and memories, to explore why we work, how our work affects us, and what we will become as a nation of workers. My Job, My Self speaks to every employed person who has yet to understand the costs and challenges of a lifetime of labor.

The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure, and Vacation

Routledge. 2004

Drawing upon in-depth case studies of vacation habits and the observations of philosophers, writers, and sociologists

such as

Aristotle, Mark Twain and Thorstein Veblen, Al Gini argues why vacations are so venerated and why 'doing nothing' is a fundamental human necessity.

From shopping sprees and extreme sports to the ultimate vacation - retirement - The

Importance of Being lazy

demonstrates that without true leisure, we are diminished as individuals and as a society.

Why It's Hard to be Good
ISBN: 0415960622

Routledge. 2005

"Al Gini's latest book surveys the landscape of ethical speed bumps and crash sites with his customary charm, verve and insight. Why It's Hard To Be Good is a creative exposť of the many reasons smart people do bad things." Steve Priest, Founder, Ethical Leadership Group

"Don't just read this book. Use it. Use it to challenge yourself and others with honesty, compassion, and humor, just as Gini does." John W. Dienhart, The Frank Shrontz Chair for Professional Ethics, Seattle University and author of Business, Institutions, and Ethics

"Why It's Hard To Be Good sets a new standard for clear and funny thinking. A master writer and astute observer of human behavior and culture, Gini has written yet another terrific and enriching book. You won't be able to put it down." John Eckberg, author of The Success Effect and business/workplace reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer

It isn't easy to be good. Al Gini - at home both in philosophy and the corporate boardroom - speaks here in an engagingly direct voice about why we have so much trouble doing the right thing in life - at home, with family or strangers, and at work. Businesses struggle with ethical issues every day, and so do ordinary people. But a multinational corporation and a single thinking human being are bound together by the same dilemma: how to choose the right thing to do and then do it?

Al Gini lays out ideas for 'stepping out of the shadow of the self'

- an argument for stopping thinking of yourself as the center of the universe. It's hard to be good, he explains, until we realize that being good only has meaning in relation to other people. Ideas of justice, fairness, and ethical behavior are just abstract ideas until they are put into action with regard to people outside ourselves.

This warm and generous book is for anyone who wants to know how to use ethical thinking as way to live, work, and be with others.

Case Studies in Business Ethics (6th Edition)
ISBN: 0132424320

Pearson. 2008

For Business Ethics courses.

This collection of quality cases and essays on business ethics addresses some of the most pertinent ethical issues in today's business environment. It goes well beyond matters of fraud and public relations to consider standards of professionalism, corporate decision-making structure, the interface between ethical theory and economic practice.

Seeking the Truth of Things: confessions of a (catholic) philosopher
ISBN: 0879464313

ACTA Publications. 2010

Al Gini is a philosopher who writes for real people about things they actually care about: the meaning of work, moral courage, choice, sin, laughter, and leisure. In Seeking the Truth of Things, he explores his lifelong quest for wisdom. Part memoir, part introduction to key philosophical concepts, this book resoundingly establishes philosophy at the center and not the periphery of the public square.


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