The nature of the relationship between corporate codes of ethics and behaviour

Journal of Business Ethics 32 (3):247 - 262 (2001)
Abstract
A study was conducted in order to examine the relationship between corporate codes of ethics and behaviour. Fifty-seven interviews of employees, managers, and ethics officers were conducted at four large Canadian companies. The study found that codes of ethics are a potential factor influencing the behaviour of corporate agents. Reasons are provided why codes are violated as well as complied with. A set of eight metaphors are developed which help to explain how codes of ethics influence behaviour.
Keywords behaviour  codes  effectiveness  employees  ethics
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