Does ethics code design matter? Effects of ethics code rationales and sanctions on recipients' justice perceptions and content recall
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 14 (5):367 - 385 (1995)
Prior research on ethics codes has suggested, but rarely tested, the effects of code design alternatives on the impact of codes. This study considers whether the presence of explanatory rationales and descriptions of sanctions in ethics codes affects recipients'' responses to a code. Theories of organizational justice and persuasive communication support an expectation that rationales and sanctions will be positively related to code recipients'' recall of code content and perceptions of organizational justice. Content recall is an obvious precondition of code compliance; justice perceptions have multiple implications for the attitudes and actions of organizational members. Results show that explanatory rationales are associated with a statistically significant increase in perceptions of organizational procedural justice, but that rationales and sanctions generally show no relationship to distributive justice perceptions and accurate content recall. These results suggest that common prescriptions regarding ethics code design are of uncertain value apart from further research which unearths the relationships among the intended and perceived purposes of codes, the organizational settings in which they are applied, and a wide variety of code designs.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Michael Davis (2007). Eighteen Rules for Writing a Code of Professional Ethics. Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (2):171-189.
Eyun-Jung Ki, Junghyuk Lee & Hong-Lim Choi (2012). Factors Affecting Ethical Practice of Public Relations Professionals Within Public Relations Firms. Asian Journal of Business Ethics 1 (2):123 - 141.
Ingo Winkler (2011). The Representation of Social Actors in Corporate Codes of Ethics. How Code Language Positions Internal Actors. Journal of Business Ethics 101 (4):653-665.
William H. Bishop (2013). The Role of Ethics in 21st Century Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics 118 (3):635-637.
Muel Kaptein (2011). Toward Effective Codes: Testing the Relationship with Unethical Behavior. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 99 (2):233 - 251.
Similar books and articles
Lawrence B. Chonko, Thomas R. Wotruba & Terry W. Loe (2003). Ethics Code Familiarity and Usefulness: Views on Idealist and Relativist Managers Under Varying Conditions of Turbulence. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 42 (3):237 - 252.
Janet S. Adams, Armen Tashchian & Ted H. Shore (2001). Codes of Ethics as Signals for Ethical Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics 29 (3):199 - 211.
Mark S. Schwartz (2004). Effective Corporate Codes of Ethics: Perceptions of Code Users. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 55 (4):323 - 343.
Jeanne M. David, Jeffrey Kantor & Ira Greenberg (1994). Possible Ethical Issues and Their Impact on the Firm: Perceptions Held by Public Accountants. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 13 (12):919 - 937.
Mark S. Schwartz (2002). A Code of Ethics for Corporatecode of Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 41 (1-2):27 - 43.
Thomas R. Wotruba, Lawrence B. Chonko & Terry W. Loe (2001). The Impact of Ethics Code Familiarity on Manager Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics 33 (1):59 - 69.
Kenneth D. Butterfield (1996). The Influence of Collegiate and Corporate Codes of Conduct on Ethics-Related Behavior in the Workplace. Business Ethics Quarterly 6 (4):461-476.
John C. Lere & Bruce R. Gaumnitz (2003). The Impact of Codes of Ethics on Decision Making: Some Insights From Information Economics. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 48 (4):365 - 379.
Michael Davis (2003). What Can We Learn by Looking for the First Code of Professional Ethics? Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 24 (5):433-454.
Janet S. Adams, Armen Tashchian & Ted H. Shore (2001). Social Costs of Environmental Justice Associated with the Practice of Green Marketing. Journal of Business Ethics 29 (3):199-211.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads9 ( #165,803 of 1,102,113 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #306,622 of 1,102,113 )
How can I increase my downloads?