Title

Characteristics of Ethical Business Cultures

Department/School

Center for Ethical Business Cultures

Date of this version

4-2009

Document Type

Article

Keywords

business ethics, business culture, organizational culture, leadership, value-based management

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify general characteristics attributed to ethical business cultures by executives from a variety of industries. Our research identified five clusters of characteristics: Mission and Values-Driven, Stakeholder Balance, Leadership Effectiveness, Process Integrity, and Long-term Perspective. We propose that these characteristics be used as a foundation of a comprehensive model that can be engaged to influence operational practices in creating and sustaining an ethical business culture.

Published in

Journal of Business Ethics

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