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Corruption and corporate and personal integrity are increasingly important in the global economy we live in today. Many national and multinational companies face serious cultural dilemmas including corruption and honesty/ integrity issues.

Select two of the most corrupt/ low integrity countries in the world and two of the least corrupt/ high integrity countries in the world. A good source for researching this topic is found on the Transparency International web site: www.transparency.org. Compare and contrast the most corrupt countries with the least corrupt countries. What are the trends in corruption for these respective countries? What are the major differences between the most and least corrupt countries you selected? What influence does culture play in the countries business ethics? What are the major ethical problems of the least ethical countries? What issues or actions favor the most ethical countries? What are possible ways to lessen the corrupt and unethical behaviors? How does your home country compare with the least and most ethical countries you selected? Please explain.

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The 2 most corrupt countries in the world according to Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) in 2010 were Somalia and Myanmar. The 2 least corrupt countries in the world are Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore which all tied the least as the least corrupt. In classifying the Corruption Report Index (CRI), TI looks at factors such as the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, the literacy rates of a population, a country's stability as well as its cultural orientation as the main factors differentiating the two groups of the most and least corrupt countries. However, it is worth noting that with these as the main factors for consideration i.e. as the key differentiation factors, more research is needed since the factors are known to create reasonable levels of variances (Reyes, 2009).
In comparison to the most corrupt countries, we find that the most corrupt countries are filled with lots of military rule of lack of central governments. Their ad-hoc lifestyles encourage tyranny with survival for the fittest being a general rule. Due to the harsh conditions that their residents live in, ethical standards are shoved to the side. After all, ethical standards are meant to describe a suitable way through which a people can live in respect and harmony of each other. Well, this is not the case in these two countries; and when you compare that with the lesser corrupt countries, it becomes obvious therefore what a central and stable country can do for a people and make ethics a priority in the lives of people (McIntyre, 2010).
In comparison to the least corrupt countries, Denmark is a socialist nation. This being the case, all resources exist for the general good of a people. It's an indication of the socialist culture where one cannot sit and watch a neighbor suffer without wanting to help. This then makes its people have high regard for each other and watch out for each other. New Zealand's education level of its people is very high. Talk of the correlation of education and ignorance. Of course, it is assumed that the higher the level of education, then the more civil a ...

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