The Relationship between Ethical Climate and Ethical Problems within Human Resource Management

Bartels, Lynn K.; Harrick, Edward; Martell, Kathryn; Strickland, Donald
May 1998
Journal of Business Ethics;May98, Vol. 17 Issue 7, p799
Academic Journal
The study examines the relationship between the strength of an organization's ethical climate and ethical problems involving human resource management. Data were collected through a survey of 1078 human resource managers. The results indicate a statistically significant negative relationship between the strength of an organization's ethical climate and the seriousness of ethical violations and a statistically significant positive relationship between an organization's ethical climate and success in responding to ethical issues. Thus, interventions that strengthen an organization's ethical climate may help manage ethical behavior within organizations.


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