TITLE

ETHICS CODE AWARENESS, PERCEIVED ETHICAL VALUES, AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT

AUTHOR(S)
Valentine, Sean; Barnett, Tim
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management;Fall2003, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p359
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examines the relationships among ethics code awareness, perceived corporate ethical values, and organizational commitment. Three key findings emerged. First, those aware of the existence of an ethics code in their organizations perceived their organizations as having more ethical values than those not aware of an ethics code in their organizations. Second, respondents exhibited higher levels of organizational commitment when they were aware of an ethics code in their companies. Finally, the relationship between ethics code awareness and organizational commitment was fully mediated by perceptions of an organization's ethical values. The results suggest that ethics codes may lead to higher levels of organizational commitment by increasing the belief that their organizations have strong ethical values, as long as the existence of ethics codes are adequately communicated.
ACCESSION #
12403055

 

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