Toward a model of cross-cultural business ethics: The impact of individualism and collectivism on the ethical decision-making process uri icon


  • In this paper, we explore the impact of individualism and collectivism on three basic aspects of ethical decision making - the perception of moral problems, moral reasoning, and behavior. We argue that the inclusion of business practices within the moral domain by the individual depends partly upon individualism and collectivism. We also propose a pluralistic approach to post-conventional moral judgment that includes developmental paths appropriate for individualist and collectivist cultures. Finally, we argue that the link between moral judgment and behavior is related to individualism and collectivism. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Publication date

  • October 1, 2008