The Shortened Corporate Ethical Virtues Scale: Measurement Invariance and Mean Differences Across Two Occupational Groups

10 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2018

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Mari Huhtala

University of Jyväskylä

Maiju Kangas

University of Jyväskylä

Muel Kaptein

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

Taru Feldt

University of Jyväskylä

Date Written: July 2018

Abstract

So far, the field of business ethics lacks validated measures for assessing virtues at the organizational level. The aim of this study is to investigate the measurement invariance of a shortened Corporate Ethical Virtues scale. In this manner, we contribute to validating an instrument that is both psychometrically sound and efficient to use. We conducted two survey studies of two independent groups (managers and school psychologists). Confirmatory factor analysis supported the eight‐factor model of the scale, and we found it to be invariant in two different occupational groups. The managers gave higher appraisals of ethical culture than the psychologists did in seven out of the eight dimensions. We found that despite the contextual differences, the shortened scale measures the eight dimensions of organizational ethical virtues, as intended. Thus, the use of this more compact scale can be recommended for future studies, which will hopefully stimulate more research on ethical culture in various work contexts.

Suggested Citation

Huhtala, Mari and Kangas, Maiju and Kaptein, Muel and Feldt, Taru, The Shortened Corporate Ethical Virtues Scale: Measurement Invariance and Mean Differences Across Two Occupational Groups (July 2018). Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 238-247, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3189107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/beer.12184

Mari Huhtala (Contact Author)

University of Jyväskylä ( email )

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Maiju Kangas

University of Jyväskylä

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Muel Kaptein

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

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Taru Feldt

University of Jyväskylä

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Jyväskylä, 40100
Finland

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