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Unformatted text preview: s current minimal level of government regulation. Given the mushrooming of this niche industry, we recommend a larger degree of standardisation targeted at marrying the standards of O, P and S. Setting a legal minimum age which businesses must adhere to will help dispel society’s increasing worries on immature youth making irrational decisions. With reference to the stakeholder model, an unhappy society could attract extensive and, possibly, excessive government regulation. Hence, it is more 40 41 Refer to Appendix C2 Q7 Refer to Appendix C2 Q9 beneficial for the industry players, especially the prominent firms, to proactively set guidelines which all firms in the industry must follow. Firms could consider tying up with the Ministry of Health to place a health advisory in every tattoo parlour, providing customers with on-hand information and clearing doubts regarding the tattooing process. Not only would this earn a greater sense of customer assurance, industry standards would also be raised. These recommendations are mere guidelines. One must recognise that O, P and S each have their own interests and clout, making it difficult to close the performance-expectations gap. In the dilemma between survival and ethics, firms may not want or be able to take these steps to bridge the gap between practices and expectations. On the other hand, stakeholders may be excessively demanding in their ideal business standards which are not practical in the real world. Conclusion In recent years, the tattoo industry has grown from strength to strength. However, tattoos still invoke negative connotations in our relatively conservative Asian context. We learnt this firsthand upon experimenting with temporary tattoos – peers and family labelled us “Ah Lian”, “Ah Beng”, while the general public often glared wide-eyed at our body art. Tattoo parlours have been catering to a very niche market for decades, with no strong opposition to business practices. Possibly, firms are aware that they are constantly moving into larger social settings with changing environmental influences. We see that businesses have consistently taken note of changing societal expectations and thus self-regulate to bring their standards closer to the prevailing norms of acceptability. Word Count: 3000 words References Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2006, June 23). Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin Infections Among Tattoo Recipients— Ohio, Kentucky, and Vermont, 2004-2005. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 55(24), 677-679. Health Sciences Authority. (2007, August 22). Health Services: Common Reasons for Postponing Your Donation. Retrieved from http://www.hsa.gov.sg/publish/hsaportal/en/health_ser vices/blood_donation/can_i_donate/when_not_to_don ate/common_reasons.html Jiang, G., & Mathavan, S. A. (2007, November 12). Ban Tattoos on Kids? The New Paper, pp. 4, 5. Lawrence, A. T., Weber, J., & Post, J. E. (2005). Business and Society: Stakeholders, Ethics, Publi...
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