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Corporate Ethical Values, Group Creativity, Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intention: The Impact of Work Context on Work Response

Abstract

A corporate culture strengthened by ethical values and other positive business practices likely yields more favorable employee work responses. Thus, the purpose of this study was to assess the degree to which perceived corporate ethical values work in concert with group creativity to influence both job satisfaction and turnover intention. Using a self-report questionnaire, information was collected from 781 healthcare and administrative employees working at a multi-campus education-based healthcare organization. Additional survey data was collected from a comparative convenience sample of 127 sales and marketing employees working for a variety of firms operating in the south-central United States. The results indicated that group creativity and corporate ethical values were positively related, and that both variables were associated with increased job satisfaction. Conversely, corporate ethical values and job satisfaction were associated with decreased turnover intention. Sales managers should create work cultures that precipitate increased ethical values and group creativity, and suggestions about how they may institutionalize these factors are provided.

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This study was presented at the Oxford Round Table, “Ethical Sentiments and the World Financial Crisis,” Lincoln College, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, Sunday, March 21-Friday, March 26, 2010; the authors appreciate the coding assistance provided by Matthew Witwer.

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Valentine, S., Godkin, L., Fleischman, G.M. et al. Corporate Ethical Values, Group Creativity, Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intention: The Impact of Work Context on Work Response. J Bus Ethics 98, 353–372 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-010-0554-6

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