An empirical investigation of the influence of modernisation on the moral judgements of managers in the People's Republic of China

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Barmarick Publications
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Cross Cultural Management, 2004, 11 (1), pp. 48 - 61
Issue Date:
2004-01
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This paper investigates the influence of modernisation on the moral judgements of 211 managers residing in the Peoples Republic of China, based on their responses to a series of vignettes depicting potentially unethical behaviour in organisations. Results suggest that there is a significant association between moral judgement and modernisation. Managers from the more industrialised and economically advanced provinces in China gave harsher moral judgements, that is, higher ratings of unethicality, in five out of six vignettes. The study reported in this paper offers valueable insights into the nature of value and attitude change, or convergence, as China adopts elements of a more modernised market style economy.
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