Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 39–53

Business Ethics Research: A Global Perspective


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-009-0346-z

Cite this article as:
Chan, K.C., Fung, HG. & Yau, J. J Bus Ethics (2010) 95: 39. doi:10.1007/s10551-009-0346-z


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.

Key words

business ethics research global ranking contributing institutions and authors 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Finance, Gordon Ford College of BusinessWestern Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenU.S.A.
  2. 2.College of Business AdministrationUniversity of Missouri-St. LouisSt. LouisU.S.A.
  3. 3.Albers School of Business and EconomicsSeattle UniversitySeattleU.S.A.

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