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The third eye : exploring Guanxi and relational morality in the workplace
Journal of Business Ethics
  • Doreen TAN, National University of Singapore
  • Robin Stanley SNELL, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
12-3-2002
Keywords
  • Confucian,
  • Guanxi,
  • Moral thinking,
  • Relational morality
Abstract
We examine the use of Confucian relational morality as an alternative reference point to that of modernist morality in judging workplace ethical conduct. A semi-structured interview based study involving 46 ethnic Chinese managers and 30 non-Chinese expatriate managers in Singapore, provided evidence of the use of traditional guanxi-linked morality as a moral resource by some of the former group in judging workplace ethical dilemmas. While such morality played only a minor role in moral reasoning, and was largely overshadowed by modernist morality, the research nonetheless demonstrates that moral reasoning reflects wider cultural heritage, and is not merely a function of corporate culture and individual moral development.
DOI
10.1023/A:1021217027814
Scopus EID
https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-0141783743&doi=10.1023%2fA%3a1021217027814&partnerID=40&md5=fc97fde7f389ae78d19e24b0ad620ea0
E-ISSN
15730697
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Tan, D., & Snell R. S. (2002). The third eye: Exploring Guanxi and relational morality in the workplace. Journal of Business Ethics, 41(4), 361-384. doi: 10.1023/A:1021217027814