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Title: Consumer Ethics in Japan: An Economic Reconstruction of Moral Agency of Japanese Firms – Qualitative Insights From Grocery/Retail Markets
Authors: Wagner-Tsukamoto, Sigmund
First Published: Jan-2009
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Journal of Business Ethics, 2009, 84 (1), pp. 29-44 (16)
Abstract: The article reconstructs, in economic terms, managerial business ethics perceptions in the Japanese consumer market for fast-moving daily consumption products. An economic, three-level model of moral agency was applied that distinguishes unintentional moral agency, passive intentional moral agency and active intentional moral agency. The study took a qualitative approach and utilized as empirical research design an interview procedure. The study found that moral agency of Japanese firms mostly extended up to unintentional and intentional passive moral agency. Certain myopic managerial views were found to affect active moral agency. This leaves room for business ethics program that aim at the development of active moral agency.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10551-008-9671-x
ISSN: 0167-4544
eISSN: 1573-0697
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Springer 2008. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. The original publication is available at
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