Business Ethics: Japan and the Global Economy

  • Thomas W. Dunfee
  • Yukimasa Nagayasu

Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas W. Dunfee, Yukimasa Nagayasu
      Pages 3-22
    3. Iwao Taka
      Pages 23-59
  3. Business Ethics in a Global Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Thomas W. Dunfee
      Pages 63-80
    3. Thomas Donaldson
      Pages 115-131
    4. Georges Enderle
      Pages 133-150
  4. Business, Economy and Ethics in Japan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Ken’ichi Odawara
      Pages 173-187
    3. Yukiyoshi Mochizuki
      Pages 189-207
    4. Shunji Kobayashi
      Pages 209-216
  5. Historical Development of Market Morality in Japan

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Yukichi Shitahodo
      Pages 219-229
    3. Han-Yu Chang
      Pages 231-253
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 276-276

About this book


Business Ethics: Japan and the Global Economy presents a multicultural perspective of global business ethics with special emphasis on Japanese viewpoints. In contrast to the typical business ethics book written primarily from the viewpoint of Western culture and economy, the majority of the work is by Asian scholars, providing an historical overview of the religious, scientific and cultural phenomena which converged to create modern Japanese business ethics. Perspectives from socioeconomics, sociology, social contract and applied business ethics contribute to the analysis of moral issues. A new Japanese approach to moral science, Moralogy, is introduced and its implications for phenomena such as the Keiretsu system are explored. Concurrently, prominent Western ethicists explore the role of moral language and the implications of Kantian ethics and contractarian approaches for developing universal moral standards.
Because Japan is an economic superpower, it is critical to understand the hidden economic culture, work ethic, and way of thinking in business. We must realize these are the results of an integration of historical factors, such as Shintoism, Buddhism, Confuctianism and modern Western science and technology. Business Ethics: Japan and the Global Economy provides philosophical and anthropological analyses of the Japanese economic mind, departing from previous stereotyped approaches. Theoretical discussions based upon social contract theory are presented in order to build ethical norms with cross-cultural activity for multinational economic activities. From such a universal stance, practical proposals are presented to transnationalize the Keiretsu system and other Japanese economic institutions.


Global economy International Business ethics management morality transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas W. Dunfee
    • 1
  • Yukimasa Nagayasu
    • 2
  1. 1.The Wharton SchoolUniversity of PennsylvaniaUSA
  2. 2.Reitaku UniversityJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4309-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8183-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-6733
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