Ethical structures and processes of corporations operating in Australia, Canada and Sweden : A longitudinal and cross-cultural study

Svensson, Göran, Wood, Greg, Singh, Jang, Carasco, Emily and Callaghan, Michael 2009, Ethical structures and processes of corporations operating in Australia, Canada and Sweden : A longitudinal and cross-cultural study, Journal of business ethics, vol. 86, no. 4, pp. 485-506.

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Title Ethical structures and processes of corporations operating in Australia, Canada and Sweden : A longitudinal and cross-cultural study
Author(s) Svensson, Göran
Wood, Greg
Singh, Jang
Carasco, Emily
Callaghan, Michael
Journal name Journal of business ethics
Volume number 86
Issue number 4
Start page 485
End page 506
Total pages 22
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 0167-4544
1573-0697
Keyword(s) codes of ethics
cross-cultural
empirical
ethical structures and processes
longitudinal
Australia
Canada
Sweden
Summary Based on the ‘Partnership Model of Corporate Ethics’ (Wood, 2002), this study examines the ethical structures and processes that are put in place by organizations to enhance the ethical business behavior of staff. The study examines the use of these structures and processes amongst the top companies in the three countries of Australia, Canada, and Sweden over two time periods (2001–2002 and 2005–2006). Subsequently, a combined comparative and longitudinal approach is applied in the study, which we contend is a unique approach in the area of business ethics. The findings of the study indicate that corporations operating in Sweden have utilized ethical structures and processes differently than their Canadian and/or Australian counterparts, and that in each culture the way that companies fashion their approach to business ethics appears congruent with their national cultural values. There does, however, appear to be a convergence of views within the organizations of each culture, as the Swedish companies appear to have been more influenced in 2005–2006 by an Anglo-Saxon business paradigm than they have been in the past.
Language eng
Field of Research 220102 Business Ethics
Socio Economic Objective 950402 Business Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2008, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016692

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