Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 90, Issue 2, pp 279–294 | Cite as

Direct and Multiplicative Effects of Ethical Dispositions and Ethical Climates on Personal Justice Norms: A Virtue Ethics Perspective

  • Victor P. LauEmail author
  • Yin Yee Wong


From virtue ethics and interactionist perspectives, we hypothesized that personal justice norms (distributive and procedural justice norms) were shaped directly and multiplicatively by ethical dispositions (equity sensitivity and need for structure) and ethical climates (egoistic, benevolent, and principle climates). We collected multisource data from 123 companies in Hong Kong, with personal factors assessed by participants’ self-reports and contextual factors by aggregations of their peers. In general, LISREL analyses with latent product variables supported the direct and multiplicative relationships. Our findings could lay the groundwork for justice research from a morality perspective in future.


ethical climates ethical dispositions personal justice norms virtue ethics theory interactionist theory 


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This paper was developed from the second author's thesis under the supervision of Professor Kwok Leung at City University of Hong Kong.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of ManagementCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong

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