Ethics in International Business Ethics in International Business

Ethics in International Business Ethics in International Business

Ethics in International Business Ethics in International Business Objectives Source of ethical challenges in IB Effect of ethical challenges on decisions in IB Causes of poor ethical decisions in IB Different conceptual underpinnings for ethical decisions in IB What managers can do to Promote an awareness of ethical issues throughout the organization Ensure that ethical considerations enter into decision making

Ethical Issues in International Business Arise when a manager makes decisions consistent with differing national environments Political systems Legal systems Economic development levels Culture What

is ethical and normal in one environment may not be so in another Ethical Issues in International Business Arise most often in the context of: Employment practices Human rights

Environmental policy Corruption An MNCs perceived moral obligations to society Employment Practices What standards should be applied? Home nations Host nations Other Should the MNC adapt its policies?

Standardize? Hiring practices, labor relations, diversity issues, employment conditions are some specific issues that require careful thought Human Rights A manager can assume as universal her/his views on freedom of: Association

Speech Assembly Movement Political repression What is the responsibility of an MNC to uphold different standards of human rights? Repressive Regimes Is it ethical for MNCs to operate in countries with repressive regimes? Is inward investment an agent for change? What is the limit beyond which inward

investment would not be justified under all circumstances? What if competitors from other nations invest and you dont? Environmental Policies Locally mandated environmental standards may be inferior to those an MNC knows it can achieve Tragedy of the commons: a resource held in common by all, but owned by no one, is overused

by some, resulting in degradation. If a decision is legal but unethical, should it be taken? Corruption Government officials may ask for bribes for an MNC to get things done Is an MNCs manager who agrees a corrupt manager? Should an MNC ever accede to bribery demands?

Foreign corrupt practices act (USA) Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials in International Business Transactions (OECD) MNC Power and Moral Decisions MNCs have power over a host country They can move production away Along with power arise obligations (?) Power

is morally neutral How it is used is what matters Perceptions of how it should be used and of its impact vary Company view Host country view MNC and Social Responsibility Social responsibility: business decisions should be made after consideration of social consequences of economic actions

Noblesse oblige: honorable and benevolent behavior is the responsibility of those in power Benevolent behavior responsibility of only successful business? Determinants of Ethical Behavior Organization culture Personal ethics Decision

making processes Leadership Unrealistic / realistic performance goals Philosophical Approaches to Ethics Straw men: often adopted, offer inappropriate guidelines for MNC behavior Friedman doctrine Righteous moralist Nave immoralist

Utilitarian and Kantian Ethics Rights theories Justice theories Ethical Decision Making Hiring and promotion Organization culture and leadership Decision-making processes Stakeholder perspectives Ethics officers

Codes of ethics Moral courage: walk away from profitable and unethical decision

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