—The ethical relativist’s creed is “When in Rome do
as the Roman do”. For the ethical relativist nothing is sacred
and nothing is wrong. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the
creed of ethical imperialism which is anchored in the theory of
absolutism and directs people to do everywhere exactly as they
would do in their home country. How can companies which are
doing bulk of their business offshore shape their ethical
corporate culture so that they can train their overseas managers
to distinguish between practices that are merely different from
those that are wrong? This paper tries to identify guidelines for
ethical leadership that can help corporations work through the
maze of cultural differences and establish codes of conduct for
globally ethical business practices.
—ethical relativism, ethical corporate culture,
Accounting Research Institute, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam,
Malaysia(Corresponding author. Tel.: + 60355211714; fax:
+60355444921,E-mail address: email@example.com).
Cite:Shafi Mohamad, "Ethical Corporate Culture and Guidelines for Ethical Leadership," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.1, no.2, pp. 151-154, 2010.