Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 148, Issue 4, pp 703–720 | Cite as

International Marketing Ethics: A Literature Review and Research Agenda

  • Rajshekhar G. Javalgi
  • La Toya M. Russell


Globalization has changed the nature of business in the twenty-first century (Doh et al. in Bus Ethics Q 20(3):481–502, 2010). With the increased internationalization of multinational corporations, the need to address international marketing ethics arises (Carrigan et al. in Int Market Rev 22(5):481–493, 2005). Given the diversity of environments and cultures, ethical issues are numerous and complicated (Iyer in J Bus Ethics 31(1):3–24, 2001). The understanding of international marketing ethics is critical to academics as well as practitioners. This paper is a literature review (1960s through 2013) of the study of ethics in international marketing. In order to develop a comprehensive review of articles, we review topics such as ethical problems, moral philosophies, and culture and ethics. We also discuss the methodological procedures that are used in international marketing ethics. Researchers and practitioners alike can use this research on international marketing ethics to discuss the phenomena and subsequently lead to future work research.


Ethics Marketing International marketing International marketing ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monte Ahuja College of Business AdministrationCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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