A Cross-Cultural Construct of the Ethos of the Corporate Codes of Ethics: Australia, Canada and Sweden

15 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2009

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Göran Svensson

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Gregory Wood

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Jang B. Singh

University of Windsor - Odette School of Business

Michael Callaghan

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to develop and describe a construct of the ethos of the corporate codes of ethics (i.e. an ECCE construct) across three countries, namely Australia, Canada and Sweden. The introduced construct is rather unique as it is based on a cross-cultural sample seldom seen in the literature. While the outcome of statistical analyses indicated a satisfactory factor solution and acceptable estimates of reliability measures, some research limitations have been stressed. They provide a foundation for further research in the field and testing of the ECCE construct in other cultural and corporate settings. We believe that the ECCE construct makes a contribution to theory and practice in the field as it outlines a theoretical construct for the benefit of other researchers. It is also of managerial interest as it provides a grounded framework of areas to be considered in the implementation in organizations of corporate codes of ethics.

Suggested Citation

Svensson, Göran and Wood, Gregory and Singh, Jang B. and Callaghan, Michael, A Cross-Cultural Construct of the Ethos of the Corporate Codes of Ethics: Australia, Canada and Sweden. Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 253-267, July 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1421475 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8608.2009.01561.x

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Gregory Wood

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing ( email )

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Jang B. Singh

University of Windsor - Odette School of Business ( email )

499 Odette Building
Windsor N9B 3P4, Ontario
Canada

Michael Callaghan

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing ( email )

Warrnambool, Victoria 3280
Australia

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