Business and Government Ethics in the 'New' and 'Old' EU: An Empirical Account of Public–Private Value Congruence in Slovenia and the Netherlands

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Dejan Jelovac

GEA College of Entrepreneurship

Zeger Van Der Wal

LKYSPP

Ana Jelovac

Trinity College (Dublin)

Date Written: September 01, 2011

Abstract

This study reports on the hierarchy of organizational values in public and private sector organizations in Slovenia and the Netherlands. We surveyed 400 managers in Slovenia and 382 in the Netherlands using an identical questionnaire on the importance of a selection of values in everyday decision making. In Slovenia, impartiality, incorruptibility, and transparency were rated significantly higher in the public sector, while profitability, obedience, and reliability were rated more important in business organizations. In contrast, in the Netherlands, 11 values differed significantly between the sectors. Thus, a greater value congruence exists between the sectors in Slovenia than in the Netherlands, with a larger "common core" of values in Slovenia (14) compared with the Netherlands (9), just as we hypothesized.

Historical and cultural developments, such as the communist rule in Slovenia and the different influences of the Protestant work ethic in both countries, led to more similarities between business and government organizations in the "new" EU member state, Slovenia.

Keywords: organizational values, public sector, private sector, EU, business ethics

Suggested Citation

Jelovac, Dejan and Van Der Wal, Zeger and Jelovac, Ana, Business and Government Ethics in the 'New' and 'Old' EU: An Empirical Account of Public–Private Value Congruence in Slovenia and the Netherlands (September 01, 2011). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 103, No. 1, 2011; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 15-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548876

Dejan Jelovac

GEA College of Entrepreneurship ( email )

Dunajska 156
SI-1000, Ljubljana
United States

Zeger Van Der Wal (Contact Author)

LKYSPP ( email )

Singapore
Singapore

Ana Jelovac

Trinity College (Dublin) ( email )

2-3 College Green
Dublin, Leinster
Ireland

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