Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 101, Issue 4, pp 509–523 | Cite as

Corporate Ethical Values and Altruism: The Mediating Role of Career Satisfaction

  • Sean ValentineEmail author
  • Lynn Godkin
  • Gary M. Fleischman
  • Roland E. Kidwell
  • Karen Page


This study explores the ability of career satisfaction to mediate the relationship between corporate ethical values and altruism. Using a sample of individuals employed in a four-campus, regional health science center, it was determined that individual career satisfaction fully mediated the positive relationship between perceptions of corporate ethical values and self-reported altruism. The findings imply that companies dedicating attention to positive corporate ethical values can enhance employee attitudes and altruistic behaviors, especially when individuals experience a high degree of career satisfaction.

Key words

corporate ethical values career satisfaction altruism citizenship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sean Valentine
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lynn Godkin
    • 2
  • Gary M. Fleischman
    • 3
  • Roland E. Kidwell
    • 4
  • Karen Page
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of ManagementUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of Management and MarketingLamar UniversityBeaumontU.S.A.
  3. 3.Department of AccountingUniversity of WyomingLaramieU.S.A.
  4. 4.Department of Management and MarketingUniversity of WyomingLaramieU.S.A.
  5. 5.Navitas Pharma, Inc.Navitas Assets, LLCLaramieU.S.A.

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