A comparison of business ethics commitment in private and public sector orgnaizations in Sweden

Svensson, Goran, Wood, Greg and Callaghan, Michael 2010, A comparison of business ethics commitment in private and public sector orgnaizations in Sweden, Business ethics : a European review, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 213-232.

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Title A comparison of business ethics commitment in private and public sector orgnaizations in Sweden
Author(s) Svensson, Goran
Wood, Greg
Callaghan, Michael
Journal name Business ethics : a European review
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 213
End page 232
Total pages 20
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-04
ISSN 0962-8770
1467-8608
Summary This paper reports the results of a study of the top 500 private sector organizations and the top 100 public sector organizations in Sweden. It is a replication of the study by Svensson et al. (2004). The aim of the study was to describe and compare the business ethics commitment of organizations across the two sectors. The empirical findings indicate that the processes involved in business ethics commitment have begun to be recognized and acted upon at an organizational level in Sweden. Some support is provided to show that codes of ethics are developing in some of Sweden’s largest private and public sector organizations – although this is happening to a lesser extent in the public sector. It is noted that an effect of a code of ethics on the bottom line of the business was acknowledged by respondents in both private and public sector organizations. We believe that the supporting measures of business ethics commitment appear to be underutilized in both private and public sector organizations in Sweden (among those that possess codes of ethics), thus indicating that the commitment to business ethics in Swedish organizations has potential for future development.
Notes Article first published online: 11 MAR 2010
Language eng
Field of Research 220102 Business Ethics
Socio Economic Objective 950402 Business Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010 The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031206

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