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The Economic Research Institute, Stockholm School of Economics SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Business Administration

No 2004:10:
“I don’t Care that People don’t like what I do” - Business Codes Viewed as Invisible or Visible Restrictions

Peter Norberg ()

Abstract: Research about codes of corporate ethics has hitherto taken a hypothetical, correct meaning of codes for granted. The article problematises the dichotomous categories intrinsic and subjective meanings of codes. I address the question if professionals in finance accept codes of business. The particular mentality of stockbrokers and traders constructs the way they judge restrictions such as company codes of ethics. While neglecting dimensions of ethics beyond known rules, brokers and traders distrust good ethics as a possible end in itself. Many professionals in the financial market perceive efforts to integrate ethical reasoning in work as only means for maximising business opportunities.

Keywords: business codes; legitimacy; mentality; moral stress; stockbrokers; overman; (follow links to similar papers)

27 pages, September 1, 2004, Revised January 4, 2008

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This paper is published as:
Norberg, Peter, (2009), '“I don’t Care that People don’t like what I do” - Business Codes Viewed as Invisible or Visible Restrictions', Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 86, No. 2, pages 211-225



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