Ethics Training and Businesspersons’ Perceptions of Organizational Ethics

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Ethics training is commonly cited as a primary method for increasing employees’ ethical decision making and conduct. However, little is known about how the presence of ethics training can enhance other components of an organization's ethical environment such as employees’ perception of company ethical values. Using a national sample of 313 business professionals employed in the United States, the relationship between ethics training and perceived organizational ethics was explored. The results of the analysis provide significant statistical support for the notion that businesspersons employed in organizations that have formalized ethics training programs have more positive perceptions of their companies’ ethical context than do individuals employed in organizations that do not. The analysis also indicated that job satisfaction was related to employees’ attitudes about their ethical context. The managerial implications of the results are outlined, along with the limitations of the study and recommendations for future research.

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