Developing and Testing a Measure for the Ethical Culture of Organizations: The Corporate Ethical Virtues Model

51 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2008

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Muel Kaptein

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Date Written: July 2007, 12

Abstract

Based on four interlocking empirical studies, this paper initially validates and refines the Corporate Ethical Virtues Model which formulates normative criteria for the ethical culture of organizations. The findings of an exploratory factor analysis provide support for the existence of eight unidimensional subscales: clarity, congruency of supervisors, congruency of management, feasibility, supportability, transparency, discussability, and sanctionability. The findings of a confirmatory factor analysis show that the overall fit of the model is quite high. Evidence of convergent and discriminant validity is also found. The resulting 58-item self-reporting questionnaire is a useful tool that can be used in future research and by managers in assessing the ethical culture of their organization.

Keywords: ethics, culture, virtues, construct development, factor analysis

JEL Classification: F23, M14, M

Suggested Citation

Kaptein, Muel, Developing and Testing a Measure for the Ethical Culture of Organizations: The Corporate Ethical Virtues Model (July 2007, 12). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-084-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1088209

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