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The dynamics of business ethics: a function of time and culture-cases and models

Svensson, Goran and Wood, Greg 2003, The dynamics of business ethics: a function of time and culture-cases and models, Management decision, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 350-361.

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Title The dynamics of business ethics: a function of time and culture-cases and models
Author(s) Svensson, Goran
Wood, Greg
Journal name Management decision
Volume number 41
Issue number 4
Start page 350
End page 361
Publisher Emerald Publishing Group
Place of publication Bradford, England
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0025-1747
1758-6070
Keyword(s) business ethics
ethics
social economics
Summary Examines the construct of ethics in general and of business ethics in particular. Provides a conceptual discussion of the dynamics of ethics in society and the dynamics of business ethics in the marketplace. Ethics and business ethics constructs are dependent upon two principal parameters – time and culture. Eventually, ethics and business ethics are about what is perceived as acceptable or unacceptable at a specific time and in a specific cultural setting. What was ethical yesterday may not be ethical today, and what is ethical today may not be ethical tomorrow. Furthermore, both the company’s view and the views of others may determine what is acceptable or unacceptable in business ethics. This is a social construction that may differ between the parties involved in a specific context. The discussion is supported by two brief and different cases from the automobile industry. This research contributes a set of generic models that examine business ethics dynamics.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Emerald Publishing Group
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