Positive Job Response and Ethical Job Performance

Journal of Business Ethics 91 (2):195-206 (2010)
Although many studies have linked job attitudes and intentions to aspects of in-role and extra-role job performance, there has been relatively little attention given to such job responses in the context of employees’ ethical/unethical behavior. The purpose of this study was to investigate a possible relationship between positive job response (conceptualized as job satisfaction and intention to stay) and behavioral ethics. Ninety-two matched manager-employee pairs from a regional branch of a large financial services and banking firm completed survey instruments, with each employee providing information about his or her job attitudes and intentions and each manager assessing the ethical/unethical performance of his/her employees. Respondents also provided additional information required for our analyses. The results indicated that positive job response among subordinates was associated with higher supervisory ratings of the subordinates’ ethical job performance. The managerial implications of the findings for managing ethical behavior are explored.
Keywords ethical decision-making  business ethics  ethical reasoning  ethical judgments  job satisfaction  intention to stay
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10551-009-0077-1
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 35,865
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

View all 10 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Is Symmetrical Communication Ethical and Effective?Yi-Hui Huang - 2004 - Journal of Business Ethics 53 (4):333-352.
Software Quality and Group Performance.Yuk Kuen Wong - 2009 - AI and Society 23 (4):559-573.
Are Investors Willing to Sacrifice Cash for Morality?R. H. Berry & F. Yeung - 2013 - Journal of Business Ethics 117 (3):477-492.


Added to PP index

Total downloads
32 ( #200,175 of 2,293,801 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #182,547 of 2,293,801 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature