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A comparison of business ethics commitment in private and public sector organizations in Sweden
Oslo School of Management, Oslo, Norway.
School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic., Australia.
School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic., Australia.
2010 (English)In: Business Ethics. A European Review, ISSN 0962-8770, E-ISSN 1467-8608, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 213-232Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports the results of a study of the top 500 private sector organizations and the top 100 public sector organizations in Sweden. It is a replication of the study by Svensson et al. (2004). The aim of the study was to describe and compare the business ethics commitment of organizations across the two sectors. The empirical findings indicate that the processes involved in business ethics commitment have begun to be recognized and acted upon at an organizational level in Sweden. Some support is provided to show that codes of ethics are developing in some of Sweden's largest private and public sector organizations – although this is happening to a lesser extent in the public sector. It is noted that an effect of a code of ethics on the bottom line of the business was acknowledged by respondents in both private and public sector organizations. We believe that the supporting measures of business ethics commitment appear to be underutilized in both private and public sector organizations in Sweden (among those that possess codes of ethics), thus indicating that the commitment to business ethics in Swedish organizations has potential for future development.

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Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Vol. 19, no 2, p. 213-232
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-14264DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8608.2010.01585.xISI: 000280295900007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80053893979OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-14264DiVA, id: diva2:392972
Available from: 2011-01-28 Created: 2011-01-28 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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