My Company Cares About My Success…I Think: Clarifying Why and When A Firm’s Ethical Reputation Impacts Employees’ Subjective Career Success

Journal of Business Ethics, Forthcoming

46 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2022

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Darryl B. Rice

Miami University

Regina Taylor

Creighton University

Yiding Wang

University of Houston - Downtown

Sijing Wei

Creighton University - Heider College of Business

Yingfeng Ge

University of Hawaii at Manoa - School of Accountancy

Date Written: July 1, 2022

Abstract

The value of a company’s ethical reputation has become a focal point for management researchers. We seek to join this conversation and extend the research centered on a firm’s ethical reputation. We accomplish this by shifting our focus away from its impact on external stakeholders to its impact on internal stakeholders. To this end, we rely on signaling theory to explain why a firm’s ethical reputation matters to its employees in an effort to bridge the macro-micro research gap. Across two studies, we propose and demonstrate that a firm’s ethical reputation impacts employee subjective career success in form of career opportunities and work-life balance. Given our signaling theory framework, we also identify and explain when two industry-level characteristics operate as boundary conditions that distort a firm’s ethical reputation signaling properties. Specifically, the results demonstrate that a firm’s ethical reputation is positively related to employees’ perceptions of career opportunities and work-life balance. The results of our studies also demonstrate that the relatively high levels of industry competition and industry regulation weaken the positive impact of a firm’s ethical reputation on career opportunities and work-life balance. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords: ethical reputation; subjective career success; signaling theory; macro-micro gap

Suggested Citation

Rice, Darryl B. and Taylor, Regina and Wang, Yiding and Wei, Sijing and Ge, Yingfeng, My Company Cares About My Success…I Think: Clarifying Why and When A Firm’s Ethical Reputation Impacts Employees’ Subjective Career Success (July 1, 2022). Journal of Business Ethics, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4151186

Darryl B. Rice

Miami University ( email )

Department of Statistics
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Regina Taylor

Creighton University ( email )

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Yiding Wang

University of Houston - Downtown ( email )

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United States

Sijing Wei (Contact Author)

Creighton University - Heider College of Business ( email )

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Yingfeng Ge

University of Hawaii at Manoa - School of Accountancy ( email )

2404 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
United States

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