Perceptual Mapping of Practical Ethics Along the Value Chain: A Multiple Correspondence Analysis with Industry and Cultural Indices as Supplementary Variables
29 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2007
Date Written: March 2006
This paper presents findings from a study investigating a firm's ethical practices along the value chain. In so doing we attempt to better understand potential relationships between a firm's ethical stance with its customers and those of its suppliers within a supply chain and identify particular sectoral and cultural influences that might impinge on this. Drawing upon a database comprising of 667 industrial firms from 27 different countries, we found that ethical practices begin with the firm's relationship with its customers, the characteristics of which then influence the ethical stance with the firm's suppliers within the supply chain. Importantly, market structure along with some key cultural characteristics were also found to exert significant influence on the implementation of ethical policies in these firms.
Keywords: Practical Ethics, Value Chain, Multiple Correspondence Analysis
JEL Classification: M14, M31
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