Professional Ethical Standards, Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Perceived Role of Ethics and Social Responsibility

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, 2015

Abstract

This study explored several proposed relationships among professional ethical standards, corporate social responsibility, and the perceived role of ethics and social responsibility. Data were collected from 313 business managers registered with a large professional research association with a mailed self-report questionnaire. Mediated regression analysis indicated that perceptions of corporate social responsibility partially mediated the positive relationship between perceived professional ethical standards and the believed importance of ethics and social responsibility. Perceptions of corporate social responsibility also fully mediated the negative relationship between perceived professional ethical standards and the subordination of ethics and social responsibility. The results suggested that professions should develop ethical standards to encourage social responsibility, since these actions are associated with enhanced employee ethical attitudes.

Suggested Citation

Valentine, Sean and Fleischman, Gary, Professional Ethical Standards, Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Perceived Role of Ethics and Social Responsibility (December 21, 2015). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 82, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706829

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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