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Conceptions of God, normative convictions and socially responsible business conduct: An explorative study among executives

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  • Graafland, J.J.
  • Kaptein, M.
  • Mazereeuw, C

The 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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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 20280.

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Date of creation: 2007
Publication status: Published in Business & Society 43.3(2007): pp. 331-369
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:20280
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  1. Green, Ronald M., 1997. "Guiding Principles of Jewish Business Ethics," Business Ethics Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, vol. 7(02), pages 21-30, March.
  2. Kaptein, Muel & Wempe, Johan, 2002. "The Balanced Company: A Theory of Corporate Integrity," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199255511.
  3. Agle, Bradley R. & Van Buren, Harry J., 1999. "God and Mammon: The Modern Relationship," Business Ethics Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, vol. 9(04), pages 563-582, October.
  4. Abeng, Tanri, 1997. "Business Ethics in Islamic Context: Perspectives of a Muslim Business Leader," Business Ethics Quarterly, Cambridge University Press, vol. 7(03), pages 47-54, July.
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