Business Ethics in East Asia

24 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2019

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Tae Hee Choi

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date Written: December 31, 2018


This study investigates business ethics (BE) practices in three East-Asian countries (China, Japan, and South Korea) through a questionnaire. Specifically, ethical attitudes of employees working in major native companies in each mentioned country are studied. We find that a number of similarities as well as differences exist regarding BE practices in the three countries, which can be partially attributed to different political, economic, and socio-cultural backgrounds. This study significantly contributes to the existing literature on BE and has practical implications for any agents interested in ethical aspects on business environment in the investigated countries.

Keywords: business ethics; survey; China; Japan; Korea

Suggested Citation

Choi, Tae Hee, Business Ethics in East Asia (December 31, 2018). KDI School of Pub Policy & Management Paper No. 18-22 (December, 2018), Available at SSRN: or

Tae Hee Choi (Contact Author)

KDI School of Public Policy and Management ( email )

263 Namsejong-ro
Sejong-si 30149
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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