Document Type

Journal Article

Department/ Unit

Department of Finance & Decision Sciences

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of environmental factors on the ethical behavior of managers using computers at work in Mainland China. In this study, environmental factors refer to senior management, peer groups, company policies, professional practices, and legal considerations. Ethical behaviors include attitudes to disclosure, protection of privacy, conflict of interest, personal conduct, social responsibility, and integrity. A questionnaire survey was used for data collection, and 125 mainland Chinese managers participated in the study. The results show that peer groups, professional practices, and legal considerations do influence the ethical behavior of mainland Chinese managers in the areas of social responsibility, integrity, and accountability. A discussion of the implications of the results is also provided in this paper.

Publication Year

2009

Journal Title

Journal of Business Ethics

Volume number

89

Issue number

4

Publisher

Springer

First Page (page number)

629

Last Page (page number)

639

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1007/s10551-008-0022-8

ISSN (print)

0167-4544

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-008-0022-8

Keywords

canonical correlation analysis, China, environmental factors, ethical behavior, managers, using computer at work

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