Factors affecting ethical management: Comparing a developed and a developing economy

Jonathan Batten*, Samanthala Hettihewa, Robert Mellor

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This paper compares a number of ethical management practices of firms in two different economies. The recent behaviour of firms, described in terms of industry, size, international involvement and ownership, in a developed, western economy (Australia) are contrasted with the behaviour of similar firms in an emerging, eastern economy (Sri Lanka). This paper extends an earlier empirical study by Batten, Hettihewa and Mellor (1997) on the relationship between key firm-specific variables and firm ethical management practices in Australia by drawing on similar survey data from Sri Lanka to facilitate an international comparison. The importance of this study is that it provides a valuable insight into the impact the level of economic development may have on ethical management behaviour and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999


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