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Title: Business ethics: a study of Portuguese social representation of business ethics
Authors: Francis, Álvaro Gijon
Mónico, Lisete
Pais, Leonor
dos Santos, Nuno Rebelo
Keywords: EVOC
Business ethics
Social representation
theory of the central nucleus
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Inderscience
Citation: Francis, A. G., Mónico, L., Pais, L., & dos Santos, N. R. (2018). Business ethics: a study of Portuguese social representation of business ethics. International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 13 (1), 201, 85-106.
Abstract: Ever since the 1980s, the business ethics field has gone through significant changes. There is now a vast body of business ethics literature concerned with diverse topics and themes, but relating the field of business ethics with social representations is not one of them, with this article being the first, to our knowledge, to do so with a Portuguese sample (N = 2,735). Attempting to provide a ‘bridge’ between theory and reality, we proceeded with this study, trying to discover the social representation of business ethics in Portuguese workers using the free evocation test and applying Abric’s central nucleus theory. The results show a central core organised around the concepts of ‘respect’, ‘justice’, ‘honesty’, ‘equality’, ‘code of conduct’, ‘confidentiality’ and ‘fair competition’. While some of the core concepts of business ethics are directly found in the literature, others were not, pointing to a possible partition between theory and reality.
Type: article
Appears in Collections:PSI - Publicações - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais Com Arbitragem Científica

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