Business Ethincs – Coursework Example
Business ethics Management of labor ethics and organizational culture were present already in the Middle Ages. Guilds of merchants, shops of handicraftsmen along with technological secrets of skill had the defined "codes of honor" or codes of labor ethics, which were transferred from fathers to sons. With the transition to a bourgeois system, to industrialism the specialized sphere of economic culture related to the whole society, and not only to its separate subsystems was shaped. The economic culture was universalized, national cultures gained lines, typical for an industrial stage of development. Japanese firms in many respects revived these feudal and shop lines in the internal relations. However, they relied generally on collectivism and unity of employees of a company: “Good people want to work in good environments. Bad environments subsume the good” (Kent). The American firms tried to stimulate the activity of enterprise. Now oncoming traffic of economic enterprise cultures of the East and the West takes place: The West seeks to develop in the corporations the principles of collectivism and valuable identification of each worker with the purposes and organizational culture of a firm. The East in its turn tries to involve active individual and enterprise motivations, without which the modern innovative and enterprise culture is impossible within corporation. Now many corporations are multinational, thus human research managers and the heads of organizations meet many difficulties. For example, a worker from Japan may not understand the desire of a worker from the United States to take fast decisions as Japanese prefer to think a decision over several times. In order to regulate such cases, it is necessary to help employees learn from each other and adopt the best.
Kent, J. (2014, Mar). Business ethics in Asia: Lost in translation? Forbes. Retrieved January 30, 2015 from http://www.forbes.com/sites/connorconnect/2014/03/25/business-ethics-in-asia-lost-in-translation/