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Title: Investigating the relationship between perception of an organisation's ethical culture and worker motivation
Contributor(s): Colaco, Beverly (author); Loi, Natasha M  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-11-04
DOI: 10.1108/IJOA-08-2018-1511
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Abstract: Purpose - This study aims to examine whether an individual’s perception of the ethical culture of their organisation could be used to predict their work motivation.
Design/methodology/approach - Using the corporate ethical virtues model as a foundation, the role of distributive justice was explored through the development of a composite measure for assessing ethical organisational culture. The resulting six-factor solution was then used. Australian employees (N = 330; Mage = 38.40) completed an online survey examining perceptions of ethical culture, distributive justice and work motivation.
Findings - Results indicated that higher work motivation was associated with a higher perception of an organisation’s ethical culture. Additionally, the six dimensions of ethical culture accounted for significant variance in worker motivation, with factors relating to congruency of peers, clarity and feasibility being the best predictors.
Originality/value - This study provides useful cues for future research and interventions enabling organisations to take a more targeted approach to influence their ethical culture and, consequently, an individual’s motivation to work.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 27(5), p. 1392-1408
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1758-8561
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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