Regional differences in business ethics in the People's Republic of China: A multi-dimensional approach to the effects of modernisation

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Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 2010, 27 (2), pp. 215 - 235
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This paper investigates the influence of modernisation on the moral judgements of 211 managers in the People's Republic of China, based on their responses to a series of vignettes depicting potentially unethical behaviour in organisations. Since modernisation can take many forms, this paper takes a multi dimensional approach to examining levels of modernisation in different provinces in China. Three different measures are used, believed to represent different aspects of the modernisation process. These include the level of industrialisation of various provinces, the level of marketisation, or progress toward a market-based economy, and a new measure of Westernisation, or the extent to which individuals adopt aspects of Western lifestyle and materialism. This latter measure is developed and tested in the present study. Statistically significant associations between these three measures of modernisation and managers' moral judgements were observed and the implications of these findings are discussed. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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