27.08.18 12:45

Culture Follows Design: Code Design as an Antecedent of the Ethical Culture

Von: Thomas Stöber, Dr. Peter Kotzian und Prof. Dr. Barbara E. Weißenberger

Der Beitrag "Culture Follows Design: Code Design as an Antecedent of the Ethical Culture" von Thomas Stöber, Dr. Peter Kotzian und Prof. Dr. Barbara E. Weißenberger ist im Journal Business Ethics: A European Review zur Veröffentlichung angenommen worden.

Abstract:

Codes of ethics are directly aimed at behavioral control, but they also affect a company's ethical culture, which in turn concerns compliance and ethical behavior. To positively influence a company's ethical culture, employees must be familiar with its code of ethics, perceive that top management is committed to the code, and believe that their peers also comply with the code. The evidence on whether a code's design affects a company's ethical culture is limited. This study's factorial survey experiment contributes to this gap in two ways: first, it investigates whether a code's design affects how easily the code can be learned and, therefore, contributes to code familiarity. Second, it examines how a code can convey expectations regarding top management's commitment and peers' behavior, both of which are part of ethical culture. The results indicate that a positive tone increases code familiarity, and a code signed by top managers sends a strong signal of their commitment to the code. Finally, various implications of the results for research and practice are discussed.

Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: E-Mail sendenProf. Dr. Barbara E. Weißenberger