International Strategies and Ethics

Josie Fisher, University of New England, Armidale, NSW
Ingrid Bonn, Bond University

Document Type Conference Paper

Fisher, Josie and Bonn, Ingrid (2006) International strategies and ethics was presented at the 20th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, "Management: Pragmatism, Philosophy, Priorities", 6-9 December 2006, Yeppoon, Queensland.
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2006 HERDC submission


In this paper, we identify and discuss three different levels of ethics that can be implemented by organisations pursuing global, transnational or multinational strategies. Our main argument is that an organisation's approach to ethics depends on its level and type of international strategy adopted. Organisations pursuing global or transnational strategies are likely to regard their approach to ethics as an important strategic decision that needs to be implemented in all subsidiaries around the world. Organisations with multinational strategies are likely to face tension between head-office and subsidiary management if they operate at different levels of ethics.


This document has been peer reviewed.