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Cultural and ethical differences in nations

Many people automatically assume that others share the same ethical values and moral codes, regardless of their age, education, cultural heritage, or religious tradition, However, personal differences of opinion can lead to serious conflicts over the definitions of ethical behaviour. Comparative ethicists investigate a variety of cultural norms that influence individual or group decisions. In a world of instant communication across international borders. Public administrators and policy makers must learn to recognise, interpret, and respond appropriately to cross cultural ethical codes.

Compare ethical and legal codes across cultures and explore the impact of culture on ethical codes. You can also examine the impact of legal codes of ethics on public administrators and propose strategies to resolve potential conflict in personal, professional, and government ethical codes.

Objectives:
Students will:
1: Compare ethical and legal codes across cultures
2: Analyze cultural impact on ethical codes
3: Analyze impact of legal codes of ethics on public administrators
4: Apply strategies to resolve personal, professional, and government ethical conflics

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Ethical issues across cultures - University of Baltimore home.ubalt.edu/ntsbpitt/ethics.pdf
Journal of Business Ethics January 1994, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 31-38 Resolving cross-cultural ethical conflict: Exploring alternative strategies John Kohls, Paul Buller

1: Compare ethical and legal codes across cultures

Ethical and legal codes across cultures are primarily a result of the different cultural values existing in societies across the globe. These values are a result of religion, education, socialization, and parenting wherein parents transmit cultural values to their children while also adhering to the cultural norms in their society. The different legal systems, organizational culture, accepted human resource management systems, and professional cultures that exist in different nations are a result of ethical and legal codes that are a direct result of cultural values.

To accurately compare the different ethical and legal codes that exist across cultures, (you) must first identify what a nation values by studying the different dimensions of its culture. In some cultures such as Japan and other Asian nations, interpersonal relations are viewed through the prism of group action wherein individuals aren't free to act individualistic without fear of shame or consequences and must consider the group before acting. In contrast, America has a culture that thrives off individualism and it is embedded within the fabric of its culture. Another important issue that must be ascertained is what role change plays within society in a country. Some countries are authoritarian with the cultural tenets of society predicated upon preserving the status quo such as in China while other countries such as Germany value progress and change. A country's orientation toward time wherein it places emphasis on the past, present, or future will also determine how its cultural norms are interpreted.

Ethical and legal codes are different in regard to the fact that legal codes represent ...

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Cultural and ethical differences in nations

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