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Ethical Considerations in International Business

As businesses expand internationally, they must not only understand an organization’s mission, vision, goals, policies and strategies but also must take into account the legal and ethical issues in international business. When companies plan their long-term expansion into a foreign environment, they must tackle serious moral and ethical challenges and decision-making in order to make their expansion a success.

Some of the most common ethical issues in international business include outsourcing, working standards and conditions, workplace diversity and equal opportunity, child labor, trust and integrity, supervisory oversight, human rights, religion, the political arena, the environment, bribery and corruption. Businesses trading internationally are expected to fully comply with federal and state safety regulations, environmental laws, fiscal and monetary reporting statutes and civil rights laws.

Cultural considerations can also make or break a company conducting business globally. Every culture and nation has its own history, customs, traditions and code of ethics. Cultural barriers include language, which often means a company must rely on translators when speaking to business contacts and customers. Gender can be an issue in countries where women do not have the same rights as men. Religious holidays and other cultural events can prohibit trade at certain times. Acting in accordance with ethical and cultural values is crucial for a multinational company to win clients’ support and business and to achieve a competitive advantage in a particular market.

The rapid growth of international business has increased demand for qualified professionals who are familiar with global markets, business practices, cultural considerations and ethical issues in international business. You may study the complex legal and ethical issues encountered while conducting business overseas within an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. MBA students learn about international law and ethics, along with unique customs and attitudes, governmental policies, monetary systems, trade basics, cross-cultural management and other factors that affect global operations.

An MBA can be one of the best ways professionals can prepare for a management, trade or general business career on a multinational level. A variety of positions in numerous fields and industries is becoming increasingly available.

Learn about the UT Tyler online MBA program.


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Management Study Guide: International Business Ethics

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