Journal of Business Ethics

, 82:681

A Survey of Managers’ Perceptions of Corporate Ethics and Social Responsibility and Actions that may Affect Companies’ Success

Authors

    • University of Western Australia
  • Nick Forster
    • University of Western Australia
  • Michael Fox
    • University of Western Australia
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-007-9586-y

Cite this article as:
Cacioppe, R., Forster, N. & Fox, M. J Bus Ethics (2008) 82: 681. doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9586-y

Abstract

This exploratory study examines how managers and professionals regard the ethical and social responsibility reputations of 60 well-known Australian and International companies, and how this in turn influences their attitudes and behaviour towards these organisations. More than 350 MBA, other postgraduate business students, and participants in Australian Institute of Management (Western Australia) management education programmes were surveyed to evaluate how ethical and socially responsible they believed the 60 organisations to be. The survey sought to determine what these participants considered ‘ethical’ and ‘socially responsible’ behaviour in organisations to be. The survey also examined how the participants’ beliefs influenced their attitudes and intended behaviours towards these organisations. The results of this survey indicate that many managers and professionals have clear views about the ethical and social responsibility reputations of companies. This affects their attitudes towards these organisations which in turn has an impact on their intended behaviour towards them. These findings support the view in other research studies that well-educated managers and professionals are, to some extent, taking into account the ethical and social responsibility reputations of companies when deciding whether to work for them, use their services or buy shares in their companies.

Keywords

corporate ethicsethical consumersperceptionssocial responsibility

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