Constructing the Universal Norms of International Business

  • Norman E. Bowie
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 39)


How should business answer the question, “When in Rome should you do as the Romans do?” I begin with a critical consideration of the views of Donaldson/Dunfee and Patricia Werhane on this question. Using examples of international agreements, I argue that universal norms must be negotiated and constructed in actual agreements if they are to be seen as legitimate. I consider a number of international agreements and conclude that the United Nations Global Compact has the best case for legitimacy of any of the international agreements.


Business Ethic Host Country International Business International Agreement Global Reporting Initiative 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman E. Bowie
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  1. 1.Carlson School of Management SMOUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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