Developing Responsible Leaders and Employees in a Multinational BioPharmaceutical Company

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Developing Responsible Leaders and Employees in a Multinational BioPharmaceutical Company

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dc.contributor.author Gosovic, Anna Kirkebæk
dc.contributor.author Søderberg, Anne-Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-26T11:23:50Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-26T11:23:50Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9739
dc.description.abstract In a response to demands from various stakeholders and civil society, some companies develop ethics programs consisting of a code of ethics, ethics training and various procedures for reporting unethical conduct. The aim of this article is to contribute with a theoretically founded analysis of how an ethics program is recontextualized as it travels from an ethics office in Denmark into business units in Switzerland and China. Drawing on an ethnographic study within a multinational biopharmaceutical company, we demonstrate how its code of business ethics resembles ideals of empowerment and individual critical thinking that can be found within the Scandinavian socio-cultural context in which the ethics program originated. Further, we show how the way the entire ethics program is communicated through training with a focus on dilemma thinking becomes a liability when introduced into other business units and socio-cultural contexts. We conclude that in order to create sustainable ethics programs and develop responsible global leaders, companies must take into account the sociocultural heritage of the code of ethics they seek to disseminate. Seemingly universal values and preferred behaviors cannot merely be “transferred” within a multinational organization and transformed into responsible business practices without local adaptations. en_US
dc.format.extent 38 en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.title Developing Responsible Leaders and Employees in a Multinational BioPharmaceutical Company en_US
dc.type cp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt19jun26 soma en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Management, Society and Communication en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort MSC en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Management, Society and Communication en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort MSC en_US
dc.description.notes Paper presented at the AIB 2019 Annual Meeting : International Business in an Unsettling Political and Economic Environment. June 24-27 2019, Frederiksberg, Denmark en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2019 en_US


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