Conceptions of God, normative convictions and socially responsible business conduct: An explorative study among executives
AbstractThe case for socially responsible business conduct is often made from an economical or ethical perspective with the organization as level of analysis. This paper focuses on the relationship between the religious belief of corporate decision-makers and socially responsible business conduct. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty Dutch executives from different religious backgrounds, we find much inductive evidence of a relationship between their conception of God, norms and values and business conduct. We also find that executives with a monotheistic conception of God display a stronger orientation toward socially responsible business conduct than executives with a pantheistic conception of God.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 20280.
Date of creation: 2007
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Publication status: Published in Business & Society 43.3(2007): pp. 331-369
Socially responsible business conduct; religion; values; ethics; leadership;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
- Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
- L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
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