Ethics and the Corporation

After a week in which outgoing executive Greg Smith accused Goldman Sachs of losing its “moral fiber,” Apple’s factory conditions in China made news again, and the Ethisphere Institute released its 2012 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, the issue of corporate ethics is in the spotlight.

For today’s post, we’ve pulled together a diverse assortment of articles related to ethics and the corporation, including an analysis of global codes of ethics, an exercise in ethics education, and a study of executives’ ethical leadership.

We hope you find this selection insightful and thought-provoking.

Gene R. Laczniak, Marquette University, and Ann-Marie Kennedy, Auckland University of Technology

Hyper Norms: Searching for a Global Code of Conduct

Journal of Macromarketing (September 2011)


Susan D. Baker, Morgan State University, and Debra R. Comer, Hofstra University

‘Business Ethics Everywhere’: An Experiential Exercise to Develop Students’ Ability to Identify and Respond to Ethical Issues in Business

Journal of Management Education (February 2012)


Jennifer Jordan, University of Groningen; Michael E. Brown, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Linda K. Treviño, The Pennsylvania State University; and Sydney Finkelstein, Dartmouth College

Someone to Look Up To: Executive–Follower Ethical Reasoning and Perceptions of Ethical Leadership

Journal of Management (March 15, 2011)


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