Faculty Publications

Title

A comparison between North and South business ethics: the concepts of Renzhi and Fazhi in China

Document Type

Article

Keywords

China, epistemology, ethics, Fazhi, idealism, marketing, PRC, relativism, Renzhi

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Asia Pacific Business Review

Volume

24

Issue

5

First Page

585

Last Page

601

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to compare the ethical standards of business practitioners of Northern provinces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) who follow the ‘rule by man’ (i.e. the Renzhi system) versus those of southern provinces who follow the ‘rule by law’ (i.e. the Fazhi system). Our Shanghai survey represented the south Chinese sample, and our Shijiazhuang mailing represented our north Chinese sample. We received 95 completed responses for the former and 102 completed responses for the latter. Our results found that the south Chinese practitioners were more likely to be idealistic, possessed virtue epistemic traits and were more sensitive to ethical practices than north Chinese practitioners were.

Original Publication Date

10-20-2018

DOI of published version

10.1080/13602381.2018.1495381

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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