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Title: Employee Ethical Attitudes: Contextual Differences and Impact on Perceived Quality of Leadership Relationships
Contributor(s): Jepsen, Denise (author); Hine, Donald W  (author); Noblet, Andrew (author); Cooksey, Ray W  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: This study examines the differences in how employees and their supervisors view ethical dilemmas. A 20 item ethical attitudes scale of vignettes in six categories of ethical dilemmas – business, discrimination, environment, marketing, personal finances and sexuality was developed and distributed to 152 male and female employees. To determine the way employees see themselves as ethically similar to their supervisors, respondents' own attitudes were compared with their perceptions of their supervisors' attitudes to the same ethical dilemmas. A small but significant contribution to the quality of the leadership relationship can be accounted for by the ethical similarity of an employee and their supervisor. Results also demonstrated that employees have a "more strict" moral or ethical attitude towards non-organisational than organisational ethical dilemmas.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Employment Relations Review, 15(1), p. 39-52
Publisher: International Employment Relations Association
Place of Publication: Kingswood, Australia
ISSN: 1324-1125
Field of Research (FOR): 150311 Organisational Behaviour
220102 Business Ethics
150306 Industrial Relations
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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