Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 82, Issue 3, pp 657–666

Professional Ethical Standards, Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Perceived Role of Ethics and Social Responsibility

Authors

    • Department of Management and MarketingUniversity of Wyoming
  • Gary Fleischman
    • Department of Management and MarketingUniversity of Wyoming
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-007-9584-0

Cite this article as:
Valentine, S. & Fleischman, G. J Bus Ethics (2008) 82: 657. doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9584-0

Abstract

This study explored several proposed relationships among professional ethical standards, corporate social responsibility, and the perceived role of ethics and social responsibility. Data were collected from 313 business managers registered with a large professional research association with a mailed self-report questionnaire. Mediated regression analysis indicated that perceptions of corporate social responsibility partially mediated the positive relationship between perceived professional ethical standards and the believed importance of ethics and social responsibility. Perceptions of corporate social responsibility also fully mediated the negative relationship between perceived professional ethical standards and the subordination of ethics and social responsibility. The results suggested that professions should develop ethical standards to encourage social responsibility, since these actions are associated with enhanced employee ethical attitudes.

Keywords

professional ethicscorporate social responsibilityethical attitudes

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