The Embeddedness of Codes of Ethics in Organizations in Australia, Canada and the United States

13 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2011

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Göran Svensson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gregory Wood

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Jang B. Singh

University of Windsor - Odette School of Business

Janice M. Payan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael Callaghan

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing

Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

The objective of this study is to test the embeddedness of codes of ethics (ECE) in organizations on aggregated data from three countries, namely Australia, Canada and the United States. The properties of four constructs of ECE are described and tested, including surveillance/training, internal communication, external communication and guidance. The data analysis shows that the model has satisfactory fit, validity and reliability. Furthermore, the results are fairly consistent when tested on each of the three samples (i.e. cross‐national validation). This cross‐national study makes a contribution beyond previous descriptive or exploratory studies by using confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Nevertheless, a number of limitations are raised, all of which provide opportunities for further research in refining, extending and testing the proposed ECE model in other cultural and corporate settings.

Suggested Citation

Svensson, Göran and Wood, Gregory and Singh, Jang B. and Payan, Janice M. and Callaghan, Michael, The Embeddedness of Codes of Ethics in Organizations in Australia, Canada and the United States (October 2011). Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 405-417, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932008 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8608.2011.01623.x

Göran Svensson (Contact Author)

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Gregory Wood

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing ( email )

Victoria
Australia

Jang B. Singh

University of Windsor - Odette School of Business ( email )

499 Odette Building
Windsor N9B 3P4, Ontario
Canada

Janice M. Payan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Michael Callaghan

Deakin University - Bowater School of Management and Marketing ( email )

Warrnambool, Victoria 3280
Australia

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