Chapter 6: Organizations, entrepreneurship and ethics
Edited by Daniel Hjorth
During the past several decades, the growing scholarly interest in entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and new business creation has resulted in the shaping of entrepreneurship as a fundamental academic field of study. Similarly, during the past 20 years, the field of business ethics including the study of ethical behavior and societal impact of profit-seeking firms has achieved recognition and legitimacy as a rigorous and important field of study. The intersection of entrepreneurship and ethics is now receiving much needed scholarly attention. This growing body of scholarly work highlights the applicability of one field of research to another. For example, scholars point out the importance of business ethics and social responsibility among managers (Fulop et al., 2000), entrepreneurial ethics to the global economy (e.g., Bucar and Hisrich, 2001), and cross-cultural diff erences in ethical attitudes of entrepreneurs (e.g., Bucar et al., 2003). There has also been a move in business activities from national to global over the last decades. Studies have shown an increase in international joint venture activity over this period. The increasing number of businesses, the opening of new markets, intense competition, and the global financial crisis are all challenging organizations today.
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