The Importance of Business Ethics in Ireland

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The Importance of Business Ethics in Ireland

Sonia Lorena Richards

Cross cultural Human Relations and Negotiations

April 27, 2010

Globalization has created opportunities for countries like Ireland to flourish. “Ireland is now classed as a high income economy by the World Bank on the basis of gross national income (Chhokar 365).” The importance of business ethics is fairly new in Ireland. Explanations for this might be sought in the country’s colonial history and late economic development, its size, the homogeneity of Irish society, and religion (Keating 9). These things need to be considered while doing business in Ireland. There are many opportunities for other countries to do business with Ireland because it is dependent on
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There has been a comparative study done on the effects of ethical leadership in Ireland and the United states. Even though they are very similar and from the same cluster, they differ in some aspects (Keating 10). Keating explains that “ethical leadership focuses on how leaders use their social power in the decision they make, actions they engage in and ways they influence others (Keating 7).” According to Keating, there are 6 attributes of ethical leadership: character/integrity, ethical awareness, community/people orientation, motivational, encouraging/empowering and ethical accountability. It is important for managers to know that leadership varies from country to country because of different cultural norms and values. History can also tie in differences of leadership. The only difference between the United States and Ireland was the character/integrity attribute.

“In Ireland, leadership is characterized by a strong charismatic, team-oriented approach coupled with a participative and human orientation. In Irish society, character and integrity are rooted more strongly in relationships within one’s social network than in a set of obligations to outsiders (Keating 17).”

The United States is the opposite where it is more individualistic and focuses on individuals then the society. They are required to just know the code of ethics and circulate it to all the employees and stressed upon induction (Alderson 435). Alderson’s study pointed out that Irish managers…