Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 39-53

First online:

Business Ethics Research: A Global Perspective

  • Kam C. ChanAffiliated withDepartment of Finance, Gordon Ford College of Business, Western Kentucky University Email author 
  • , Hung-Gay FungAffiliated withCollege of Business Administration, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • , Jot YauAffiliated withAlbers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University

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Using 10 years of publication data (1999–2008) from 10 leading business ethics journals, we examine global patterns of business ethics research and contributing institutions and scholars. Although U.S. academic institutions continue to lead in the contributions toward business ethics research, Asian and European institutions have made significant progress. Our study shows that business ethics research output is closely linked to the missions of the institutions driven by their values or religious belief. An additional analysis of the productivity of each highly ranked institution suggests that business ethics research is highly concentrated in a limited number of eminent scholars within each institution.

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business ethics research global ranking contributing institutions and authors