Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 839–852 | Cite as

Business Ethical Values in China and the U.S.

  • Laura L. Whitcomb
  • Carolyn B. Erdener
  • Chen Li


The research presented in this paper focuses on business ethical values inChina, a country in which the process of institutional transformation has left cultural values in a state of flux. A survey was conducted in China and the U.S. by using five business scenarios. Survey results show similarities between the Chinese and American decision choices for three out of five scenarios. However, the results reveal significant differences in rationales, even forsimilar decisions. The implications of similarities and differences between the U.S. and Chinese samples are discussed.


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  • Laura L. Whitcomb
  • Carolyn B. Erdener
  • Chen Li

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