Why is it (Un-)ethical? Comparing potential European partners: A western Christian and an eastern Islamic country - On arguments used in explaining ethical judgments


YOZGAT U., ARZOVA S. B.

JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, vol.74, no.2, pp.101-118, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 74 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10551-006-9223-1
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.101-118

Abstract

Located at the crossroads of the Eastern and Western world, Turkey today is characterized by a demographically versatile and modernizing society as well as a rapidly developing economy. Currently, the country is negotiating its accession to the European Union. This article yields some factual grounding into the ongoing value-related debate concerning Turkey's potential EU-membership. It describes a mixed-methodology study on moral reasoning in Austria and Turkey. In this study, the arguments given by individuals when evaluating ethically problematic situations in business were compared. Although there were major consistencies, a number of differences were found. These differences, however, were not in the substance (categories) of arguments used but in their relative frequency. Overall, our findings suggest that young, well-educated urban individuals from Western Christian and Eastern Islamic countries are highly consistent in their moral reasoning.