Ethical dilemmas and ethical reasoning : a study in Hong Kong

Robin S. SNELL, Keith F. TAYLOR, Almaz M-K CHAK

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Abstract

A naturalistic study of moral ethos and its possible impact on the way ethical dilemmas are processed and tackled was conducted among Chinese staff in the Hong Kong buying offices of 2 foreign-owned companies located in the same industry. A moral ethos questionnaire, designed to assess the relative balance of the 6 Kohlberg stages, revealed significant differences between the offices. This was supported, at least in part, by findings from interviews with managers which brought out the difference in moral ethos between the offices in terms of perceived mindsets and conduct of seniors. It was hypothesized that there would be corresponding differences between the offices in terms of the Kohlberg stages used by the managers to interpret and resolve ethical dilemmas arising in their own work, as identified from transcripts of the interviews. While this appeared to be the case with a very small number of matching dilemmas, no such differences were found when all dilemmas were considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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SNELL, Robin S. ; TAYLOR, Keith F. ; CHAK, Almaz M-K. / Ethical dilemmas and ethical reasoning : a study in Hong Kong. In: Human Resource Management Journal. 1997 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 19-30.
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Ethical dilemmas and ethical reasoning : a study in Hong Kong. / SNELL, Robin S.; TAYLOR, Keith F.; CHAK, Almaz M-K.

In: Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1997, p. 19-30.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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