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Title: Guanxi’s consequences: Personal gains at social cost
Authors: Fan, Y
Keywords: Guanxi;Relationship;Business ethics;Corruption;China
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Citation: Journal of Business Ethics, 38(4): 371-380, Jul 2002
Abstract: Is guanxi ethical? This question is largely ignored in the existing literature. As guanxi has an impact on the wider public other than the guanxi parties, it must be studied in the context of all stakeholders. This paper examines the ethical dimension of guanxi by focusing on the consequences of guanxi in business, from ethically misgiving behaviour to outright corruption. Guanxi may brings benefits to individuals as well as the organisations they represent but these benefits are obtained at the expense of other individuals or firms and is thus detrimental to society. It can be argued that guanxi is an inevitable evil under the current political and socio-economic systems in China. Its role and importance in business life will be diminished as the country moves towards an open market system.
ISSN: 0167-4544
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Brunel Business School Research Papers

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