Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 85, Issue 4, pp 445–451 | Cite as

Characteristics of Ethical Business Cultures

  • Alexandre ArdichviliEmail author
  • James A. Mitchell
  • Douglas Jondle


The purpose of this study was to identify general characteristics attributed to ethical business cultures by executives from a variety of industries. Our research identified five clusters of characteristics: Mission- and Values-Driven, Stakeholder Balance, Leadership Effectiveness, Process Integrity, and Long-term Perspective. We propose that these characteristics be used as a foundation of a comprehensive model that can be engaged to influence operational practices in creating and sustaining an ethical business culture.


business ethics business culture organizational culture leadership value-based management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Ardichvili
    • 1
    Email author
  • James A. Mitchell
    • 2
  • Douglas Jondle
    • 2
  1. 1.Work and Human Resource EducationUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulU.S.A.
  2. 2.Center for Ethical Business CulturesMinneapolisU.S.A.

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