Ethics Codes and Professionals' Tolerance of Societal Diversity

Posted: 23 Dec 2015

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Sean Valentine

University of North Dakota - College of Business & Public Administration

Gary Fleischman

Texas Tech University

Date Written: December 21, 2002

Abstract

Companies often develop codes prescribing an ethical organizational environment. However, the ability of ethics codes to increase individuals’ tolerance of diversity is not fully considered in the ethics literature. This relationship was explored using a sample of 143 business and legal professionals. After accounting for the impact of several covariates, results indicated that professionals employed in organizations that had an ethics code were more tolerant of societal diversity than were professionals working in organizations that did not have an ethics code. The findings also showed that a traditional orientation toward gender roles was also related to the acceptance of diversity. These findings imply that companies to some degree define societal norms, possibly through training programs that make employees aware of their differences.

Suggested Citation

Valentine, Sean and Fleischman, Gary, Ethics Codes and Professionals' Tolerance of Societal Diversity (December 21, 2002). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 40, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706827

Sean Valentine (Contact Author)

University of North Dakota - College of Business & Public Administration ( email )

Grand Forks, ND 58105
United States

Gary Fleischman

Texas Tech University ( email )

2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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