Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 343–353 | Cite as

The Role of Ethics Institutionalization in Influencing Organizational Commitment, Job Satisfaction, and Esprit de Corps

  • Scott John VitellEmail author
  • Anusorn Singhapakdi


Given increasing ethical problems in business, many organizations have tried to control these problems by institutionalizing ethics such as by creating new ethics positions and formulating and enforcing codes of ethics. In this study, the impact of implicit and explicit forms of institutionalization of ethics on job satisfaction, esprit de corps, and organizational commitment for marketing professionals is investigated. Additionally, the influence of organizational socialization, ethical relativism, and age relative to each of the above organizational climate constructs is examined. Results indicate that at least one of the forms of institutionalization of ethics is a significant determinant of all three organizational climate constructs. However, while organizational socialization is a significant determinant of all three organizational climate variables, relativism is only significant in determining organizational commitment (in a negative direction) and age is only significant in determining job satisfaction.


ethics institionalization job satisfaction organizational commitment esprit de corps 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MarketingUniversity of MississippiUniversityU.S.A
  2. 2.Department of MarketingOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkU.S.A

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