Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 16, Issue 14, pp 1509–1518 | Cite as

Business Ethics in China

  • Lu Xiaohe


First I briefly review the emergence and development of business ethics, following three stages (1978–1984; 1984–1994; 1994 to the present) and driven by four factors: the inheritance of Chinese traditional ethics; the influence of Marxist philosophy and ethics; the reflections on the economic reform; and the influence of business ethics from abroad. Then, from a practical and a theoretical perspective, I discuss the main challenges for business ethics in China: issues of the economic system, of corporate ethics, and of management. After commenting on the role of business ethics for the social development in China, I offer some reflections about what China can contribute to, and learn from, other peoples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lu Xiaohe
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  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyShanghai Academy of Social SciencesShanghaiChina

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