Business Ethics across Cultures Article Review

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Business Ethics across Cultures Article Review Sunday February 6, 2011 By Marsha Elhaija Mr. Travis Carter
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The two countries that I have decided to discuss the ethical perspectives and business ethics are China and Australia. I could not find but one small article for Australia so I will use two articles one talking about the country as a whole and the other talking about a certain situation in one of the business’s. I think that at least this way we can still get a perspective of what some of the issues are. The Australians will start any business negotiations with what they say is “small talk”. They want to get to know you as a person because they start off trusting you to begin with until you prove that you cannot be trusted. “Australians generally dislike negotiating and aggressive sales techniques. Since they value directness, presentations of any kind should be straightforward, with an emphasis on both positive and negative outcomes. Modesty, casualness and an air of non chalance are characteristic attitudes in Australians business culture.” (By: Prof. Rajesh Asrani) Australians consider profit the main goal, so it would be a good idea to make this one of the first strong points to be brought up. The only thing that I can see as their downfall is that women are still do not have any authority in business. Some companies consider this before sending a representative to them. The Chinese have a very different culture than ours. They try to control business by putting family in them first, and if they have any thugs that work for them they are considered next. Outsiders are hardly ever considered for a job except as a last resort. But they are slowly learning that corruption is not going to give them the power that they so desperately try to achieve. They are now sending the younger generations to college to learn business ethics and to get their MBA
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because they are tired of the corruption. The younger generation definitely has the advantage over what is considered old money. I do not think that we will ever get rid of what is considered
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