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International Seminar Series: “Exploring the Development of Ethical Business Culture in China”

Wednesday, October 30th 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Business ethics is a set of principles and standards used to guide business practices and decisions. Business decisions are made whenever there are interactions or transactions between manufacturers, suppliers and customers, between managers and stockholders, employers and employees, corporations and communities. Each of the decisions involves an ethical dimension that is interconnected with the parties involved and has potential consequences. The study of Chinese business ethics did not gain prominence until China has emerged as an economic powerhouse in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which can be credited to the economic reform policy initiated in 1979. Since then, the public image of Chinese businesses has been tainted by issues associated with defective products, malleable standards, and inappropriate business conducts. In this talk, we will cover the impact of historical, cultural, economic, and political factors in the development of Chinese ethical business culture. Understanding the profound influence of Communist ideology, Confucianism, and Capitalist ideology in the context of China is an important step toward theorizing the ethical business culture and practices in China. This discussion will help identify factors that have impacted the development of Chinese business ethics and their implications in the field of business ethics research and practice.

Dr. Jessica Li is an associate professor and program director of Human Resource Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She currently serves as a member of the advisory board for the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at UIUC, and the Chair of the Education and Workplace Development Working Group for Discovery Partners Institute of the University of Illinois System. Before joining UIUC, she also taught at the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, and the North China University of Technology. Before her career as a university professor, Dr. Li also worked as a business executive for corporations like Motorola, Nokia, and Raytheon for over 10 years. Dr. Li is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Development International, the Regional editor of the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, and a past board member (2014-2018) and vice president of research and journals for the Academy of Human Resource Development, a flagship professional association in the field of Human Resource Development. Her research interests include international HRD, work ethic, emerging technology, workplace learning, and talent development. She has published extensively in these areas and her Ph.D. is from the Pennsylvania State University.

Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.

Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The Fall 2019 series will focus on understanding contemporary China.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Office of International Studies and Programs
(309) 438-5276


Bone Student Center
Old Main Room