Values in Tension: Ethics Away from Home (Conflicts of Development & …
Values in Tension: Ethics Away from Home
Ethical standards difference between home country&host country
balancing the extremes:
3 guiding principles
Respect for local traditions
The belief that context matters when deciding what is right and what is wrong
Respect for core human values
culture relativism: When in Rome, do as the Romans do
imperialism: do everything as they do at home (absolutism)
right to economic advancement and an improved standard of living
Golden Rule 己所不欲勿施於人
right to good health
translate the core human values into core values for business
those guides are not specific enough to guide managers through actual ethical dilemmas.
→ COC must be explicit to be useful. ex.Motorola
Conflicts of Development &
Conflicts of Tradition
Many activities are neither good nor bad but exist in moral free space
ex. job for children in India/America
conflict of relative development
(difference in economic development)
conflict of cultural tradition
what managers can do to solve these conflict?
Guidelines for Ethical Leadership
Allow foreign business units to help formulate ethical standards and interpret ethical issues.
Design and implement conditions of engagement for suppliers and customers.
Treat corporate values and formal standards of conduct as absolutes.
In host countries, support efforts to decrease institutional corruption.
Exercise moral imagination.
provide managers foundation for behaving ethically.