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Family Business in the #MeToo Era: Lessons from Ruth on Tone at the Top

Dov Fischer () and Hershey Friedman
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Dov Fischer: Brooklyn College

Humanistic Management Journal, 2021, vol. 6, issue 1, No 4, 37-55

Abstract: Abstract In the biblical Book of Ruth, Boaz instructs his workers not to molest Ruth. We draw insights on the problem of workplace sexual harassment in the family-firm setting from the Book of Ruth. We then integrate these insights with several discrete findings in the literatures on workplace sexual harassment and family firms: First, family firms are relatively strong when it comes to a culture of fairness and respect. Second, family firms sometimes lack formal codes of ethics, which could hamper integrity. Third, religious exemplars can reinforce the positive culture of family firms and even substitute for a formal code of ethics. Fourth, religious exemplars can also attenuate excessive risk-taking behavior in family firms.

Keywords: Religion; Family firms; Fairness; Respect; Integrity; Tone at the top; Sexual ethics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-020-00079-6

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