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2010 | 2 | nr 1 | 31--39
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Ethics Perceptions of the U.S. and Its Large Developing-Country Trading Partners

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There has been substantial applied research on business ethics focused primarily on measuring attitudes of various types of respondents towards such things as unethical business practices, ethics training, need for organizational codes of ethics, etc. In almost all cases, the respondents are asked about value systems in their own countries or in countries they are vary familiar with because they work or currently reside there. This study is different in that it asked American respondents to provide their perceptions of the extent of unethical behavior in countries with which they were not intimately familiar (except for the United States). The survey instrument presented eight different scenarios of unethical behavior and asked the respondents to indicate the percentage of the actors in each of the six countries (United States, Mexico, India, China, Italy and Germany) who would likely engage in unethical behavior described in each scenario. Results indicated significant differences in perceived levels of unethical behavior between countries. American actors portrayed in the scenarios were perceived to be most ethical while Mexican actors were seen as being the least ethical. The article discusses the results and some possible explanations for such differences in perceptions. (original abstract)
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