Where East Meets West: A Place for Professional Ethics
Leigh G. Hafrey takes a closer look at the similarities and differences between the business-ethics norms of Asia and the West. He compares the scenes to recognize a universal, East-West tension between establishment hierarchy and popular meritocracy. Is business a game with rules that every player knows but that differ from everyday ethics? Are there examples in Eastern culture that parallel our own — expertise, altruism, guild consciousness, service, and social status? Those who want the business community to behave ethically need to recognize its ambiguous social character - it is both separate from and central to the operations of American Culture, simultaneously popular and hierarchical.