Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 655–660 | Cite as

The impact of ethical climate types on facets of job satisfaction: An empirical investigation

  • Satish P. Deshpande


This study examines the impact of ethical climate types (professionalism, caring, rules, instrumental, efficiency, and independence) on various facets of job satisfaction (pay, promotions, co-workers, supervisors, and work itself) in a large non-profit organization. Professionalism was the most reported and efficiency was the least reported ethical climate type in the organization. Among various facets of job satisfaction, respondents were most satisfied with their work and least satisfied with their pay. None of the climate types significantly influenced satisfaction with pay. A professional climate significantly influenced satisfaction with promotions, supervisors, and work. It also significantly influenced overall job satisfaction. Those respondents who believed that their organization had caring climate were more satisfied with their supervisors. An instrumental climate had a significant negative influence on overall job satisfaction and satisfaction with promotions, co-workers, and supervisors. Rules, efficiency, and independence climate types did not significantly affect any facets of job satisfaction.


Economic Growth Negative Influence Empirical Investigation Ethical Climate Climate Type 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Satish P. Deshpande
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  1. 1.Department of Management, Haworth College of BusinessWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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