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The ethical outlook of micro business operators

journal contribution
posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by S Dawson, J Breen, Lata SatyenLata Satyen
This paper reports the findings of an investigation into the ethical outlook of micro business operators. The study was conducted in Australia and is the first such examination of ethical perspectives in this segment of the business population. Micro business is internationally recognizable, economically significant, and strongly entrepreneurial, and it has a high level of control over the values it enacts. The study indicates that ethical considerations are important to Australian micro business operators. While no one single ethical perspective was dominant, nonreligious beliefs and principles were found to be the most important determinant of their ethical values. Some variation was discovered in operator attitudes based on age, gender, and education.

History

Journal

Journal of small business management

Volume

40

Issue

4

Pagination

302 - 313

Publisher

Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

0047-2778

eISSN

1540-627X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, International Council for Small Business