Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 169–178

Ethics and Ethos: The Buffering and Amplifying Effects of Ethical Behavior and Virtuousness


  • Arran Caza
    • School of BusinessUniversity of Michigan
  • Brianna A. Barker
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Michigan
  • Kim S. Cameron
    • School of BusinessUniversity of Michigan

DOI: 10.1023/B:BUSI.0000035909.05560.0e

Cite this article as:
Caza, A., Barker, B.A. & Cameron, K.S. Journal of Business Ethics (2004) 52: 169. doi:10.1023/B:BUSI.0000035909.05560.0e


Logical and moral arguments have been made for the organizational importance of ethos or virtuousness, in addition to ethics and responsibility. Research evidence is beginning to provide, empirical support for such normative claims. This paper considers the relationship between ethics and ethos in contemporary organizations by summarizing emerging findings that link virtuousness and performance. The effect of virtue in organizations derives from its buffering and amplifying effects, both of which are described.

Virtueethicspositive organizational scholarship

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