Business ethics in Brazil and the U.s.: A comparative investigation [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 42 (3):267 - 279 (2003)
Abstract
In this comparative survey of 126 Brazilian and U.S. business professionals, we explore the effect of national culture on ethical decision-making within the context of business. Using Reidenbach and Robin''s (1988) multi-criteria ethics instrument, we examined how these two countries'' differences on Hofstede''s individualism/collectivism dimension are related to the manner in which business practitioners make ethical decisions. Our results indicate that Brazilians and Americans evaluate the ethical content of actions or decisions differently when applying utilitarian criteria. By contrast, business people from both countries do not differ significantly when they use egoistic criteria in evaluating the ethical nature of business decisions
Keywords Brazil  egoism  ethics  national culture  U.S.  utilitarianism
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