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Business Ethics Across Cultures Article Review XMGT 216

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UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-AXIA COLLEGE
 
Business Ethics AcrossCultures Article Review
 
XMGT 216
 
Sherry Donath Henninger 
 
2/27/2011
 
 
1Business Ethics Across Cultures
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There are two prized qualities in Italy, which are good manners and courtesy. Makesure you polish your conduct while in Italy. Always shake hands when upon entering or departing a meeting. Avoid moving away or keeping your distance when talking, theycould interpret this as cold and unfriendly. Try to learn at least some Italian and always,always dress for success. They say what you wear is who you are. Always be on time.If you are late, make sure that you have a very good reason.There are some problems as to introducing business ethics to Italian companies. Itseems that they have a ³low ethical temperature,´ in other words; the companies haveno code of ethics. It seems that they do not have a very strong sense of identity as acountry. Before 1987, there had only been a passing thought about business ethics.³In 1985 and 1986 there, the association of Catholic businessmen produced twodocuments on the ethical implications of economic activity, inspired by the recentencyclical, ³Laborem Exercens.´ But in those years, the business world²the world of 
big business
, that is²had not yet realized how central the argument wasbecoming.(Unnia, 1990).³In Italy, the business community faces two great threats, or challenges, if you will:The threat deriving from organized criminality And the threat deriving from our inefficient and corrupted political system. (Unnia,1990)
 
2Business Ethics Across CulturesIn June of 1988, the first Italian National Conference took place in Milan. Theconference had attracted the attention of universities, corporations, and practitioners.The biggest thing to come from the conference was that the constitution of the ItalianChapter of the European Network. There was a decision that needed to be made oneof what would the criteria be for membership. Some only wanted individuals, somewanted non-profit organizations, and some wanted corporations in the end all the abovewere admitted for membership. They then had to figure out how to promote ethicalawareness to the small and large businesses.In the ItalianUniversities and the privately owned business schools, there are no ethicsprograms at all;apparently, there is no awareness of the lack of it at all. It appears thatin the business community, there is an effort to introduce a code of ethics into themedium and larger size companies but it is slow going. The ones who do have somesort of code of ethics are the affiliates of American companies.The Network has offered to consult any business that wishes to draft a code of ethics.They will help to design and has suggested that the beginnings of the code of ethicsshould be simple and be flexible enough to change as needed with the times.

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