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Ethics Code Familiarity and Usefulness: Views on Idealist and Relativist Managers Under Varying Conditions of Turbulence
Faculty Publications
  • Lawrence B. Chonko, Baylor University
  • Thomas R. Wotruba, San Diego State University
  • Terry W. Loe, Kennesaw State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2003
Abstract
The purpose of this present research is to expand upon the foundation that codes of ethics are more useful guides to managers in their behavior and decision-making when managers are more familiar with code content and intentions. We explore whether the impact of code familiarity on code usefulness differs: (a) under varying conditions of turbulence and (b) between persons with relativist versus idealist personal values. Data have been collected from a sample of 1700 executives in member companies of the U.S. Direct Selling Association, and responses were received from 286 (16.8% returned). Perceptions of ethics code familiarity and usefulness decline as business turbulence increases. The decline in familiarity/usefulness was more pronounced for managers with a relativistic ethical orientation.
Citation Information
Chonko, Lawrence B., Thomas R. Wotruba, and Terry W. Loe. "Ethics Code Familiarity and Usefulness: Views on Idealist and Relativist Managers Under Varying Conditions of Turbulence." Journal of Business Ethics 42.3 (2003): 237-52. Print.