Analysis of international construction companies in the context of corporate codes of ethics: Example of Turkey


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ERBAŞ İ.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED AND APPLIED SCIENCES, vol.5, no.6, pp.98-106, 2018 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.21833/ijaas.2018.06.015
  • Journal Name: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED AND APPLIED SCIENCES
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.98-106
  • Keywords: Ethics, Codes of ethics, Corporate codes of ethics, Construction, Turkey, PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, INDUSTRY, CONDUCT, FIRMS
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Determination of corporate codes of ethics is crucial for construction companies, but they usually fail to define their codes. This study aims to evaluate the relationship between the guidance degree of ethical codes and being an international construction company in Turkey as a developing country. For this purpose in the scope of the study Turkish construction companies in "the Top 250 International Contractors in 2016" list of ENR (Engineering News Record) were analyzed in terms of guidance degree of corporate codes of ethics. The existence of the companies' ethical codes has been explored and the codes were evaluated in terms of their guidance degree. The study showed that there was not a relationship between the guidance degree of codes of ethics and being an international construction company. It is also found out that ethical codes were prepared to protect the interests of the company rather than to direct the employees to ethical behavior. Results of this study are expected to constitute a basis for the development of new ethical codes and to help the improvement of the existing codes. In order to be successful in ethical practices, ethical statements should be defined clearly and the ethical codes should be developed to direct employees to ethical behavior. (C) 2018 The Authors. Published by IASE.