Biola professor authors third edition of business textbook

Scott Rae shares new sections and improvements made to his renowned anthology

Mar. 6, 2012 By Abbey Bennett

The business textbook “Beyond Integrity” finds its roots at Biola, but has spread across the nation. Scott Rae, chair and professor of philosophy of religion and ethics at Biola, wrote and published the first edition of this text in 1996. Since then, he has revised it once, in 2004, and is now releasing the third edition.


With a great variety of interests, Rae holds expertise in many things from medical ethics to the marketplace. He has written 10 books, each encompassing the theme of ethics. Rae is also a consultant of ethics for several Southern California hospitals.

“The second edition has been used in over 40 schools, including Florida State and Baylor,” Rae said. “Also many of the CCCU [Council for Christian College’s & Universities] schools use it.”

So why a new edition? Rae recognized a desire for more material on business ethics as a whole, as well as the need to update many of the readings, cases and evaluations in the commentaries.

“75% of the readings are new and two-thirds of the cases are new,” Rae said.

The additions contain topics such as accounting and finance, establishment and maintenance. With the economy in its current state, this new material is very relevant, according to Rae.

An unusual addition is found in the commentary portion of the text. Anthologies such as this often do not include evaluations in commentaries, as “Beyond Integrity” does, according to Rae.

Co-author Kenman L. Wong, professor of business ethics at Seattle Pacific University, has partnered with Rae since the first edition as well as for “Business for the Common Good,” one installment in the Christian Worldview Integration Series published by InterVarsity Press.

Written by Abbey Bennett, Media Relations Intern. For more information, contact Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator, at 562.777.4061 or at jenna.l.bartlo@biola.edu.

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