Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 69, Issue 2, pp 163–174 | Cite as

Anomie and Ethics at Work

  • Eva E. TsahuriduEmail author


The paper reports on research undertaken in three organisations seeking to explore anomie at work. This research explores whether a distinction in the levels of anomie between people’s perception of the work and non-work contexts exists in three organisations, that is whether people are more likely to feel more hopeless and helpless in their work or non-work life. It also looks at whether people in different organisations have significantly different levels of anomie. A significant difference in the non-work anomie between organisations, but no significant difference in work anomie between organisations, was found. In the three organisations researched, the anomie score in the non-work context is lower than in the work context, indicating that respondents perceive the work context as more anomic. The work anomie for the total sample was found to be significantly higher that the non-work anomie. The implications for ethical behaviour at work and business ethics are discussed.


Anomie morality business ethics work anomie 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Business SchoolUniversity of GreenwichLondonU.K.

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