TITLE

A Critique of Western Philosophical Ethics: Multidisciplinary Alternatives for Framing Ethical Dilemmas

AUTHOR(S)
Carlin, William B.; Strong, Kelly C.
PUB. DATE
May 1995
SOURCE
Journal of Business Ethics;May95, Vol. 14 Issue 5, p387
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
American discourse in business ethics is steeped in the traditional ethical theories of Western philosophies, specifically the Greek classics, Kant, and the British Utilitarians. These theories may be largely uninterpretable or unacceptable to non-Western populations owing to different traditions, religious beliefs, or cultural histories. As economic boundaries collapse and markets become more global in scope, traditional Western ethical thought may lead to clashes among Western organizations and companies from differing cultural settings. Such clashes could lead to alienation of foreign customers, firms and governments and resultant competitive disadvantage, or to an abandonment of ethical considerations altogether in the struggle to compete internationally. This paper puts forward two general alternatives to Western ethical philosophies as useful frameworks for the analysis of international ethical dilemmas. The first alternative uses new organizational economics, while the second emphasizes role relationships and organizational citizenship.
ACCESSION #
12132295

 

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