Research of ethics, values and cross-cultural differences on China, Mexico or the United States

Jonny Villatoro (University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA)
John Chang (University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA)
Samuel Lane (Lane Import, Parkland, Florida, USA)

Journal of Technology Management in China

ISSN: 1746-8779

Publication date: 1 July 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study ethics, values and cross-cultural differences in China, Mexico or the United States. Three distinct and unique nations, the USA, Mexico and China, have different political structures, historical backgrounds and economical systems. While each of these nations can be considered an integral part to the world economy, each nation has their own distinct ethics, values and culture which serve as the backbone of the particular region. To be successful in international business, knowledgeable as an expatriate and culturally or ethically aware of key nations in the global market, individuals need to have researched information pertaining to the ethics, cultures and values of the USA, Mexico or China to blend in and succeed with the foreign cultural environment.

Design/methodology/approach

This research paper will focus extensively on the impact values, ethics and cultural differences (based majorly and solely on the Rokeach Values Survey, Forsyth Studies and Hofsteade’s Model) have on the societies of the USA, Mexico or China. A review of the empirical studies will demonstrate the importance values, ethics and culture have on individual life or business environment for the USA, Mexico or China.

Findings

Culture can be a factor which heavily influences a region or nation’s ethics and values.

Research limitations/implications

When discussing culture, there are many factors such as values, religion, societal norms, customs, beliefs or deeply rooted faiths which can impact a nation’s overall collective culture. As a result, cross-cultural differences among a variety of nations, countries, regions or sub-regions may vary when compared with one another. Through more empirical investigation, research or study of a nation’s cultural values may there be a more profound, detailed and legitimate basis for assessing a nation’s ethical constructs.

Practical implications

Understanding the differences of ethics, values and culture of the USA, China or Mexico can impact an individual’s experience if serving as an expatriate at the particular location. Each nation has its own distinct and unique social, business and cultural environment. To successfully accomplish international business or to operate a multinational corporation in a global market, individuals need to have a prior understanding of varying cultures, ethical standards or values in a particular region.

Originality/value

This research paper will present and deliver pertinent information to individuals interested in serving as an expatriate in the USA, China or Mexico. Individuals can also read this paper to understand, comprehend or consume more general knowledge of the ethics, values and culture of the researched locations.

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Citation

Villatoro, J., Chang, J. and Lane, S. (2014), "Research of ethics, values and cross-cultural differences on China, Mexico or the United States", Journal of Technology Management in China, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 133-154. https://doi.org/10.1108/JTMC-08-2014-0052

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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