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Central Values of Government and Business: Differences, Similarities and Conflicts

Author: ZEGER VAN DER WAL, LEO HUBERTS, HANS VAN DEN HEUVEL, EMILE KOLTHOFF
Published in PAQ, Vol. 30 No. 3

Over the last decades scholars have been devoting more and
more attention to differences and similarities between public and private
sector organizations. Relatively underrepresented, when compared
to studies on organizational status and management, are comparative
empirical studies on the differences and similarities between the central
values of public and private sector organizations. This article presents
an overview of the academic debate on differences and similarities
between the morals and values of public and private sector organizations.
Public and private sector values derived from Administrative
Ethics and Business Ethics literature are compared, as well as values
that are mentioned in public and private sector codes of conduct. In
addition, intra-sector comparisons between the values derived from
literature reviews and those in codes are conducted. After the distinguished
values are weighted, combined and supplemented, taking into
account empirical research on public and private sector values as well,
a definitive ‘value panorama’ is presented as a basis for empirical comparative
research. Implications and strategies for future research are
presented.

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