The influence of corporate culture on managerial ethical judgments

Journal of Business Ethics 16 (8):757-776 (1997)
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Abstract

The contention that organizational culture influences ethical decision making is not disputable. However, the extent to which it influences ethical decision making in the workplace is a topic for scholarly debate and investigation. There are scholars who argue that, though corporate values are a powerful force in explaining the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations, these values are unperceived, unspoken, and taken for granted. However, there are others who argue that the formalization of corporate values facilitates job and role clarity and is the key to influencing employee behavior. The purpose of this study is to examine the extent of the influence of organizational codes of ethics. The findings suggest that, depending upon the particular situation, corporate culture and ethics may mitigate individual personal moral convictions about right and wrong.

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Codes of ethics.George C. S. Benson - 1989 - Journal of Business Ethics 8 (5):305 - 319.
Corporate codes of ethics.Leonard J. Brooks - 1989 - Journal of Business Ethics 8 (2-3):117 - 129.

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