Michel Dion (Université de Sherbrooke)

The International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1055-3185

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Multiculturalism is now one of the greatest challenges in the Western society. It supposes a deeper awareness of the various cultures involved in a given society. Of course, the well‐known cultural and ethnic groups must basically be involved in such a social change. But, since the arising and growth of business ethics as a field of research, the business world as a social institution has revealed itself as a complex network of subcultures. So, the “organizational culture” has become an “a priori concept” in business ethics. Although many researches deal with corporate culture, very few authors emphasize its structural elements. A systemic view of the organizational culture expresses how we cannot develop a corporate ethics without at least a “fore‐understanding” or, at best, a critical judgment on the organizational culture of a given corporation. I will describe the four subsystems of the organizational culture and their ethical implications.


Dion, M. (1996), "ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AS MATRIX OF CORPORATE ETHICS", The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 329-351.

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