Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 169-178

First online:

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

  • Arran CazaAffiliated withSchool of Business, University of Michigan
  • , Brianna A. BarkerAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Michigan
  • , Kim S. CameronAffiliated withSchool of Business, University of Michigan

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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.

Virtue ethics positive organizational scholarship