Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 80, Issue 4, pp 745–753 | Cite as

An Analysis of 10 years of Business Ethics Research in Strategic Management Journal: 1996–2005

  • Christopher J. RobertsonEmail author


From a corporate governance perspective, one of the most important jobs of a firm’s top management team is to create and maintain a positive moral environment. Business ethics has long been considered a cornerstone in the field of strategic management and a number of scholars have called for more research in this area over the years. In this paper 658 articles that appeared in Strategic Management Journal over the 10-year period between 1996 and 2005 are reviewed for business ethics focus and content. The results reveal that while business ethics research in Strategic Management Journal is on the rise, the overall focus on this research stream has been limited. The most prominent ethics theme during the review period was environmentalism, accounting for 30% of all ethics articles. Author affiliations, future research directions, and implications are also discussed.


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*Designates one of the 23 articles deemed ethics focused that appeared in SMJ between 1996–2005

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Business, College of Business AdministrationNortheastern UniversityBostonU.S.A.

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