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Business Ethics
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In the description of ethical ideas in business, there is often only insufficient differentiation between the classical political religion of China, i.e. Confucianism, on the one hand, and popular religion as a source of ethical ideals on the other hand. But beyond that, it is necessary to distinguish between business ethics in the realm of social order and the pragmatic attitudes towards economic activity, for example within enterprises. These conceptua…

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Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, “Business Ethics”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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