SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Business Administration
“I don’t Care that People don’t like what I do” - Business Codes Viewed as Invisible or Visible Restrictions
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
- 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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