Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021217027814
Title: The third eye: Exploring guanxi and relational morality in the workplace
Authors: Tan, D. 
Snell, R.S.
Keywords: Confucian
Guanxi
Moral thinking
Relational morality
Issue Date: 2002
Source: Tan, D., Snell, R.S. (2002). The third eye: Exploring guanxi and relational morality in the workplace. Journal of Business Ethics 41 (4) : 361-384. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021217027814
Abstract: We examine the use of Confucian relational morality as an alternative reference point to that of modernist morality in judging workplace ethical conduct. A semi-structured interview based study involving 46 ethnic Chinese managers and 30 non-Chinese expatriate managers in Singapore, provided evidence of the use of traditional guanxi-linked morality as a moral resource by some of the former group in judging workplace ethical dilemmas. While such morality played only a minor role in moral reasoning, and was largely overshadowed by modernist morality, the research nonetheless demonstrates that moral reasoning reflects wider cultural heritage, and is not merely a function of corporate culture and individual moral development.
Source Title: Journal of Business Ethics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/44540
ISSN: 01674544
DOI: 10.1023/A:1021217027814
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