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Ethical Judgment and Social Norms in International Business: Comparing Business Practices in the U.S., Japan, and Germany
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In today's world, countries can no longer segregate themselves from the rest of the world. With vast technological development over the past few decades, people across can now conduct business and communicate through new avenues that did not exist before, such as the Internet. These innovations have opened up the borders of every country, so to speak, and have brought forth problems that did not previously exist in the business world. International business is affected by many different cultural aspects that influence the way business is conducted in any given country. To successfully and effectively conduct business on an international scale, one must first analyze and then practice the different cultural aspects of each country. This paper will investigate the ethical judgment and culture of the U.S., Japan, and Germany and analyze how each country's culture influences the organizational structures and ethical judgments made in each country. Each country's culture will be analyzed using Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions while ethical judgment will be measured through each country's Corruption Perceptions Index number. Analyzing these specific countries will allow for a better understanding as to how the differing cultural aspects affect each country's approaches to conduct business internationally, and how it affects the way in which these countries actually conduct business on an international scale.