Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 96, Issue 1, pp 1–15 | Cite as

Wealth Creation in China and Some Lessons for Development Ethics

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Georges EnderleEmail author


In the last 30 years, China has experienced an astounding economic development that calls for a differentiated understanding of this complex process of wealth creation. In the first section of this article, I present a new concept of wealth creation that goes beyond making money, maximizing profit and adding value and serves as a framework to address the article’s main topic. In the second section, I investigate in what ways and to what extent this new concept might apply to China’s economic reform and development, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. In the third section, I attempt to draw a couple of lessons for development ethics in general.


China’s economic reform corporate social responsibility development ethics poverty private and public wealth sustainability township and village enterprises wealth creation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mendoza College of Business University of Notre DameNotre DameU.S.A.

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