Middle East J. of Management   »   2015 Vol.2, No.2



Title: How does business ethics literature progress in developing countries? Evidence from Turkey


Authors: Mehmet Ali Koseoglu; Erdal Akdeve; Jana Craft


School of Management, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey
School of Management, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey
College of Business, Winona State University, P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN, 55987, USA


Abstract: This study investigates the intellectual structure of the literature on business ethics in developing countries. As a starting point, Turkey was chosen as one of the developing countries to provide a foundational assessment for future research in other countries. In this context, papers published and masters and doctoral theses prepared in Turkey were evaluated using a bibliometric analysis. As a result, 113 dissertations and 105 articles are included in the research. Findings show the research on business ethics continues to grow in developing countries, but has a very muddled structure due to the absence of pioneering authors and institutions and a general disagreement within the international literature in citation style. Accordingly, referring to the findings related to the study, the article discusses limitations of the study and future steps.


Keywords: business ethics; bibliometrics; Turkey; developing countries; intellectual structure; literature review; ethical business.


DOI: 10.1504/MEJM.2015.070752


Middle East J. of Management, 2015 Vol.2, No.2, pp.121 - 142


Submission date: 06 Nov 2014
Date of acceptance: 22 Nov 2014
Available online: 22 Jul 2015



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