Ingram, Thomas N.; LaForge, Raymond W.; Schwepker, Jr., Charles H.
September 2007
Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management;Fall2007, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p301
Academic Journal
Enhancing the moral behavior of salespeople is increasingly important, but difficult, in today's fast-paced and complex selling environment. Sales organizations need to emphasize ethical codes of conduct, but must also address the potential impact of all sales management decisions on the ethical behavior of salespeople. We expand the focus on ethical codes to include an interpersonal dimension of sales organization ethical climate and the cognitive moral development of salespeople. Relationships among sales leadership and sales management control strategy, the structural and interpersonal dimensions of sales organization ethical climate, salesperson cognitive moral development, and salesperson moral judgment are discussed and specific propositions presented. These propositions suggest specific directions for future sales ethics research and have key implications for sales organizations.


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