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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 281–286 | Cite as

Machiavellianism in Indian management

  • K. Cyriac
  • R. Dharmaraj
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Abstract

Machiavellianism has tremendous influence on modern business communities, especially in the U.S.A. and European countries. Businessmen today, it is said, prefer to follow the directions of pragmatism and expediency rather than the dictates of individual conscience.

In principles and practices, Indian management by and large follows the Western line. Therefore, the question arises whether Machiavellian influences are perceptibly high on Indian managers. This question is more relevant in the light of a few surveys conducted on the ethical attitudes of Indian managers. These identified a clear contrast between their expressed behaviour and wanted attitudes. The present study on the attitudes of managers from the major cities of India concludes that Niccolo Machiavelli inspires and influences Indian managers, but has not become the final determinant in their decision-making.

Keywords

India Economic Growth European Country Major City Business Community 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Cyriac
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Dharmaraj
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.XLRI JamshedpurJamshedpurIndia
  2. 2.BlowplastIndia

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