GROUP 4(new)-corruption and ethics

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Journal of Financial Crime Corruption and ethical relativism: what is at stake? Michel Dion Article information: To cite this document: Michel Dion, (2010),"Corruption and ethical relativism: what is at stake?", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 17 Iss 2 pp. 240 - 250 Permanent link to this document: Downloaded on: 10 May 2016, At: 07:57 (PT) References: this document contains references to 28 other documents. To copy this document: [email protected] The fulltext of this document has been downloaded 4189 times since 2010* Users who downloaded this article also downloaded: (2010),"Ethical relativism vs absolutism: research implications", European Business Review, Vol. 22 Iss 4 pp. 446-464 (2010),"What is corruption corrupting? A philosophical viewpoint", Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol. 13 Iss 1 pp. 45-54 (2009),"Corruption from a cross-cultural perspective", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 16 Iss 3 pp. 251-267 Access to this document was granted through an Emerald subscription provided by emerald-srm:516270 [] For Authors If you would like to write for this, or any other Emerald publication, then please use our Emerald for Authors service information about how to choose which publication to write for and submission guidelines are available for all. Please visit for more information. About Emerald Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The company manages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2,350 books and book series volumes, as well as providing an extensive range of online products and additional customer resources and services. Emerald is both COUNTER 4 and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation. *Related content and download information correct at time of download. Downloaded by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia At 07:57 10 May 2016 (PT)
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Corruption and ethical relativism: what is at stake? Michel Dion Faculte ´ d’administration, Universite ´ de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to see to what extent ethical relativism could be adopted as justification for corrupt practices. Design/methodology/approach – The paper analyzed the various perspectives which were used to define the boundaries of corruption: a structural perspective, a social-normative perspective, and an organizational-normative perspective. It then identified the various ethics positions that could be chosen and particularly focuses on ethical relativism. Findings – The paper finds that corruption should be considered not only as a social construct, a cultural phenomenon (from a social-historical viewpoint), but also as an object for ethical reasoning (from a moral viewpoint). Owing to that fact that corruption serves both to sway people away from
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