A Comparison of Business Ethics Commitment in Private and Public Sector Organizations in Sweden

20 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2010

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Göran Svensson

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Gregory Wood

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Michael Callaghan

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a study of the top 500 private sector organizations and the top 100 public sector organizations in Sweden. It is a replication of the study by Svensson et al. (2004). The aim of the study was to describe and compare the business ethics commitment of organizations across the two sectors. The empirical findings indicate that the processes involved in business ethics commitment have begun to be recognized and acted upon at an organizational level in Sweden. Some support is provided to show that codes of ethics are developing in some of Sweden's largest private and public sector organizations – although this is happening to a lesser extent in the public sector. It is noted that an effect of a code of ethics on the bottom line of the business was acknowledged by respondents in both private and public sector organizations. We believe that the supporting measures of business ethics commitment appear to be underutilized in both private and public sector organizations in Sweden (among those that possess codes of ethics), thus indicating that the commitment to business ethics in Swedish organizations has potential for future development.

Suggested Citation

Svensson, Göran and Wood, Gregory and Callaghan, Michael, A Comparison of Business Ethics Commitment in Private and Public Sector Organizations in Sweden. Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 213-232, April 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1570253 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8608.2010.01585.x

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Gregory Wood

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

Victoria
Australia

Michael Callaghan

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

Warrnambool, Victoria 3280
Australia

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