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|Title:||Exploring business ethics research in the context of international business|
|Author(s):||Christopher J. Robertson, (International Business and Strategy Group, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), Nicholas Athanassiou, (International Business and Strategy Group, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)|
|Citation:||Christopher J. Robertson, Nicholas Athanassiou, (2009) "Exploring business ethics research in the context of international business", Management Research News, Vol. 32 Iss: 12, pp.1130 - 1146|
|Keywords:||Business ethics, International business, Research|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/01409170911006894 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors would like to thank Eliz Ozcan and Margarita Rayzberg for their valuable research assistance.|
Purpose – The aim of the paper is to examine the scope, level and content of business ethics research in three leading international business (IB) journals:
Design/methodology/approach – A total of 42 articles are identified in
Findings – The main thematic clusters in the three IB journals are ethical judgment analyses, violation of laws and regulations, national moral environments, and corporate governance. Codes of ethics are an underlying issue across many of these themes but this is not explicitly studied. Articles published in
Research limitations/implications – A broader selection of business ethics journals and of leading management journals that do not focus exclusively on IB could have produced additional important themes. Even so, there is an opportunity for IB ethics research to get into as yet unexamined important themes.
Practical implications – The ethical themes identified can help managers in their efforts to deliver focused and clustered ethical training.
Originality/value – This study establishes the themes that have been of interest to the authors and editors of academic articles in leading IB journals. What appears in such journals directly influences the research, teaching, and ultimately practice of IB. Such a perspective has not been studied in the past.
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