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African business ethics needs to be viewed in the context that each person belongs to a group defined by social, religious, political, or geographical parameters. It, therefore, carries a high degree of complexity and constant changing environments and as such requires a degree of flexibility to operate in. Nonetheless, the distinctive features of African business ethics can be made clear.

Marshall, in a seminal passage constructing the topicality of business ethics in the book Business and Society, sketches three different kinds of ethics based on three separate approaches to what is right and what is wrong: social ethics, transcendental ethics, and tactical ethics. It is suggested that social ethics (ethics determined from within any particular society) and tactical ethics (ethics based on the calculated observance of ...

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