Ethical Codes Across Cultures


Ethical Codes Across Cultures

The American and Chinese cultures have similarities and differences in terms of ethical codes. One of the similarities is that how they deal with bribery cases. Both cultures are very strict on corruption and bribery especially on their soil (Chan, Chuo & Pollard, 2011). However, Chinese culture (Guanxi) emphasises on the rule of man more than it does on the rule of law which is the case for the American culture (Chan, Chuo & Pollard, 2011; Tsetsura, 2015). Therefore, culture influences bribery and language codes of conducts in the United States and China. Due to cultural differences, there may be difficulties in handling conflicts in ethical codes. However, trainings may be conducted especially focusing on how public administrators should behave in such cases for the benefit of the public.



Ethical Codes Across Cultures

Ethical Codes Across Cultures
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Public Relations
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week 7 ethics

Ethical codes are not universal across professions or even governments. A wide variety of social and cultural factors might influence an individual’s code of ethics. Likewise, for an organization, social and cultural factors in combination with its mission could influence its code of ethics. Laws, codes, and regulations even differ between state and federal governments. Consider, for example, gift giving to public servants. In some nations or locales, gift giving to public servants is acceptable and even encouraged, whereas in others, depending on perspectives, it is considered a breach of cultural and/or legal ethical codes. How might you, as a public administrator, anticipate and manage the potential ethical dilemmas that may occur as a result of these differences in codes of ethics?

compare and contrast the ethical codes of two distinct cultures in your local community, state, or nation. You also may choose an international comparison. Explore the influence of culture on these ethical codes and analyze strategies for handling conflicts in ethical codes across these cultures.

Post a brief comparison of the legal codes of two distinct cultures in your local community, state, or nation related to gift giving. (You also may choose an international comparison if both cultures are familiar to you.) Then, explain the influence of culture on the ethics of gift-giving practices. Finally, explain how you might resolve any potential conflicts among personal, professional, or legal ethical codes regarding the acceptance of gifts.

Support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.
Compare and contrast the regulations about gift-giving between your own place of residence and others.