Why An International Code of Business Ethics Would Be Good for Business

TitleWhy An International Code of Business Ethics Would Be Good for Business
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsSmeltzer, LR, Jennings, MM
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination57-66
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0167-4544
AbstractMany international business training programs present a viewpoint of cultural relativism that encourages business people to adapt to the host country's culture. This paper presents an argument that cultural relativism is not always appropriate for business ethics; rather, a code of conduct must be adapted which presents guidelines for core ethical business conduct across cultures. Both moral and economic evidence is provided to support the argument for a universal code of ethics. Also, four steps are presented that will help ensure that company ethical standards are followed internationally.
NotesCover Date: January 1998.Source Info: 17(1), 57-66. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 32-2. Subject: BUSINESS; CODE OF ETHICS; ETHICS; GLOBAL; INTERNATIONAL. Update Code: 20090226.
DOI10.1023/A:1005779727123

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