East European Culture and Business Ethics


Iulian Warter, PhD (Author)¹
Liviu Warter, PhD (Author)¹

¹ Center for Socio-Economic Studies and Multiculturalism, Romania

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship
BISAC: BUS008000

This book concentrates on some leading questions in business ethics research in the last two decades and tries to find explanations concerning cultural issues. It focuses on the alignment or congruence between business ethics and cultural contexts with a special emphasis on Eastern European countries. The core of this book is doing business in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in order to throw light on the cultural issues related to business ethics. Its primary purpose is a finer view of the impact of national, organizational and professional cultures in business ethics. The general questions encountered in this book are related to the nexus between culture and ethics in (CEE), national, organizational and professional cultures’ link to (CEE) countries’ ethics. The aim of this book is a deeper understanding of the cultural differences in Central and Eastern Europe. This might help organizations provide better opportunities for doing business across a wide cultural spectrum. With the increase of global mobility, cultural and ethical issues become more and more important. Multi-national corporations might garner a competitive advantage when they understand the importance of local culture and ethics. International business professionals may benefit from a deeper understanding of cultural values that affect the perceptions of individuals during negotiation and decision-making across cultures. Multinational companies that do not take into consideration or minimize the importance of cultural and ethical issues expose themselves to a higher risk of failure. The expectation of the authors of this book is that the conclusions would help alert international business scholars and practitioners of the need to thoroughly understand the cultural issues influencing ethics.



Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1. The fall of the Berlin wall point in 1989
1.2. Europeanization of Eastern European countries
1.3. Eastern European countries – different paths and paces
1.4. What is ethics?
1.5. Culture and Business Ethics
2. History of Business Ethics
2.1. Business Ethics beginnings
2.2. Religion and Business Ethics
2.3. Contemporary Business Ethics
3. National culture and Business Ethics
3.1. National cultural values
3.2. Religion
3.3. Ethnicity
3.4. Corruption
3.5. Cultural dimensions and ethics
3.6. Business ethics across cultures
4. Organizational Culture and Business Ethics
4.1. Organizational culture
4.2. Organizational ethics
4.3. Codes of ethics
4.4. Culture and business ethics in transition
5. Professional Culture and Business Ethics
5.1. Profession and Business – differences and similarities
5.2. Professional ethics
5.3. Professional codes of ethics
5.4. Professional codes and standards – ethics and deontology
6. Conclusions
7. References

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