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Globalization and paradoxes of Ethical Transnational Production: Code of Conduct in a Chinese Workplace.

Sum, Ngai-Ling and Ngai, Pun (2005) Globalization and paradoxes of Ethical Transnational Production: Code of Conduct in a Chinese Workplace. Competition and Change, 9 (2). pp. 181-200. ISSN 1477-2221

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Abstract

This paper examines the transfer of company and multi-stakeholder codes of conduct from developed to developing countries. This requires the involvement of subcontractors and NGOs in developing countries. This moving of ethical codes to developing countries condenses and reproduces, under the twin pressures of competitiveness and social auditing, the paradoxes of ethical transnational production in the international organizations of local firms. This paradoxes are demonstrated from a case study of a workplace in China. The paper ends by outlining three paradoxes and commenting on the development of a managerialist 'audit culture' in workplace practices as commodification of ethical codes.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Competition and Change
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Competition and Change, 9 (2), 2005, © Maney Publishing.
Uncontrolled Keywords: audit culture ; civic activism ; code of conduct ; commodity chains ; corporate social responsibility ; Chinese workplace
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 831
Deposited By: Dr Ngai-Ling Sum
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2008 11:44
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/831

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