The moral challenge of expatriate employment in developing countries
Keywords: expatriates, multi-national companies, developing countries, business ethics, compensation
AbstractI aim in this paper to demonstrate the moral problem of expatriate employment in developing countries. To determine how best to construe the moral problem in this context, I first examine four arguments, namely, that in developing countries, expatriate employment is morally wrong because it 1) entrenches the injustice of wage discrimination; 2) produces undesirable outcomes; 3) disregards contextual aspirations and historical memory and 4) is a tool of external domination and control. I analyse these arguments to show that they are insufficient frameworks for understanding the moral impropriety of expatriate employment in developing countries. To this end, I provide an outline of a plausible framework and argue that the moral problem of expatriate employment in this context is unequal or arbitrary distribution of power among employees. The moral wrong in this, I argue, consists in the failure to respect the universal moral equality of people.
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Okeja, U. (2017). The moral challenge of expatriate employment in developing countries. Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 11(2), 65-77. https://doi.org/10.5324/eip.v11i2.1985
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