Implementation, communication and the benefits of corporate codes of ethics in Taiwan and Turkey : a comparison across contexts
Callaghan, Michael, Lee, Tzung-Ru, Donmez, Dilek, Aydınlık, Arzu Ulgen, Svensson, Göran and Wood, Greg 2009, Implementation, communication and the benefits of corporate codes of ethics in Taiwan and Turkey : a comparison across contexts, European business review, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 278-298.
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the corporate codes of ethics (CCE) that are put in place by companies in Taiwan and Turkey.
Design/methodology/approach – This study examines the use of CCE among the top companies in Taiwan and Turkey. It is a replication of a study performed in Australia, Canada and Sweden and a follow-up study.
Findings – The empirical findings show many similarities with top companies in Australia, Canada and Sweden, but more importantly identify key differences distinctly unique to each of the two countries under investigation. Statistical analysis suggests that the implementation, communication and benefits of CCE are paramount to Turkish companies operating in a domestic environment where the aspiration to participate globally and join the European Union is high, whereas in Taiwan it is low in favor of more traditional business practices (similar to the Chinese concept of guanxi) that focus on individual relationships in favor of formalized regulatory frameworks (such as CCE).
Originality/value – This study makes a complementary contribution to the accumulated knowledge in the area of CCE, particularly given the cultural and historical differences these countries possess in comparison to each other and those previously studied and documented in the literature.
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