A longitudinal study of the commitment to business ethics of corporate Australia

Callaghan, Michael, Wood, Greg and Svensson, Goran 2008, A longitudinal study of the commitment to business ethics of corporate Australia, International journal of entrepreneurship and small business, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 173-184.

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Title A longitudinal study of the commitment to business ethics of corporate Australia
Author(s) Callaghan, Michael
Wood, Greg
Svensson, Goran
Journal name International journal of entrepreneurship and small business
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 173
End page 184
Total pages 12
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1476-1297
1741-8054
Keyword(s) business ethics
codes of ethics
commitment
longitudinal study
evolution
Australia
corporate culture
commercial practice
Summary This paper compares the results of a longitudinal study of ten years, conducted at five yearly intervals, from 1995 to 2005. The aim of the study was to examine the commitment to business ethics of the top 500 Australian companies. Primary data was obtained via a self-administered mail questionnaire distributed to a census of the top 500 Australian companies. This paper examines those responses that indicated that their company possessed a code of ethics. The paper finds that business ethics has continued to evolve and that, in most cases, such evolution has been positive. It would seem that codes of ethics have moved beyond a regulatory requirement and are now considered an integral component of corporate culture and commercial practice in many of Australia's top companies.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017125

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