Ethics beyond the code of conduct - understanding the ethical dilemmas of entrepreneurs

Robinson, D.A. and van der Mescht, H. and Lancaster, J.C.S. (2003) Ethics beyond the code of conduct - understanding the ethical dilemmas of entrepreneurs. Meditari Accountancy Research, 11 . pp. 113-128. ISSN 1022-2529




Entrepreneurs choose a particular way of life with the dual aim of maximising profit and gaining a sense of self-satisfaction. In these endeavours, entrepreneurs typically live with the threat of competition and the risk of business failure, while attempting to do their best within the limitations of their resources. This qualitative study first examines existing theories of ethics and ways of applying business ethics and thereafter investigates entrepreneurs' actual experiences by means of in-depth interviews and the use of phenomenology. It finds that entrepreneurs are not guided by any specific code of conduct, and must decide for themselves what is right. It describes the entrepreneurial business ethic, some of the types of dilemmas that they experience and the methods that they have developed to deal with the dilemmas.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ethics; code of conduct; dilemmas; entrepreneurs; business ethics; phenomenology
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Faculty > Faculty of Commerce > Accounting
ID Code:996
Deposited On:22 May 2008
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