TITLE

ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESS ETHICS: A SPECIAL CASE OR BUSINESS AS USUAL?

AUTHOR(S)
Cordeiro, William P.
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
Review of Business Research;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p43
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
"Entrepreneurs pursue opportunities [for business success] without regard to resources currently under [their] control" (Stevenson, 1990). Often cited as primary agents of economic growth, entrepreneurs have been extensively analyzed. Many articles address the personal traits and behaviors of entrepreneurs, the elements of successful entrepreneurial firms, the role of entrepreneurs and their firms in society and their obligations to society. There seems to be general agreement that entrepreneurs are more comfortable with ambiguity and risk (than general corporate managers). But, it should be noted, that entrepreneurs are not necessarily more or less successful in business endeavors; they are just different (Koretz, 1996). This article focuses on ethical behaviors of entrepreneurs. The article explores the intensions of entrepreneurs and the capacity of entrepreneurs in relation to their ethical behaviors. Intensions involve the entrepreneurs' personal characteristics, their values and beliefs and the effect on their behaviors at work. Capacity involves the abilities and resources available to the entrepreneur when faced with ethical decision-making. The article has three parts: First, it briefly explores the definition of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial practices and ethical decision-making by entrepreneurs. Second, it describes a qualitative research project that investigated entrepreneurs and their ethical decision-making environment. Finally, it makes recommendations to entrepreneurs concerning their ethical decision-making.
ACCESSION #
35601366

 

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