Demise Nobuyuki
   Department   Undergraduate School  , School of Commerce
   Position   Professor
Date 2015/08/08
Presentation Theme Factors Impacting Ethical Behavior in a Japanese Pharmaceutical Company
Conference 2015 SBE ANNUAL MEETING
Promoters Society for Business Ethics
Conference Type International
Presentation Type Speech (General)
Contribution Type Collaborative
Venue Vancouver
Publisher and common publisher Yoshinari Koyama
Eugene Taniguchi
Details Previous studies have pointed out that the ethical behavior of peers is an important factor impacting the ethical behavior of individuals. It is predictable that, in the Japanese corporate environment, where collectivism prevails, the ethical behavior of peers impacts that of individual employees. At the same time, Japanese corporations think highly of their mission statements and establish their codes of conduct on the basis of them. They provide collective training on their mission statement and code of conduct to all their employees. Therefore, it is predictable that the code of conduct impacts the ethical behavior of the employees.
This study examines factors impacting ethical behavior of 1475 sales employees of a Japanese pharmaceutical company. Ethical behavior of peers and acceptance of the code of conduct had a significant impact on the ethical behavior of the respondents. In particular, the ethical behavior of peers had the greatest impact on the ethical behavior of the employees.