Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 29–35 | Cite as

An examination of the ethical beliefs of managers using selected scenarios in a cross-cultural environment

  • Russell Abratt
  • Deon Nel
  • Nicola Susan Higgs


Academic literature addressing the topic of business ethics has paid little attention to cross-cultural studies of business ethics. Uncertainty exists concerning the effect of culture on ethical beliefs. The purpose of this research is to compare the ethical beliefs of managers operating in South Africa and Australia. Responses of 52 managers to a series of ethical scenarios were sought. Results indicate that despite differences in socio-cultural and political factors there are no statistically significant differences between the two groups regarding their own ethical beliefs. Results thus support the view that culture has little or no impact on ethical beliefs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Abratt
    • 1
    • 2
  • Deon Nel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nicola Susan Higgs
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Business EconomicsUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Dept. of Business EconomicsUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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