Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 119, Issue 1, pp 29–43 | Cite as

Modeling Ethical Business Culture: Development of the Ethical Business Culture Survey and Its Use to Validate the CEBC Model of Ethical Business Culture

  • Douglas Jondle
  • Alexandre Ardichvili
  • James Mitchell


This article reports the results of research to develop a survey instrument and its use to validate an ethical business culture construct (CEBC Model). The reported three-stage quantitative study builds on our previous qualitative work, aimed at identifying dimensions of ethical business cultures. The research resulted in a parsimonious construct, covering five dimensions of ethical business cultures, and a ten-question instrument, measuring this construct. In this article, we report results of exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses and convergent construct validity testing, discuss the potential applications of the construct and instrument in assessment and development of ethical business cultures, and provide recommendations for industry practitioners and for further research.


Ethical business culture Business ethics Ethical business culture instrument 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Jondle
    • 1
  • Alexandre Ardichvili
    • 2
  • James Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Ethical Business CulturesUniversity of St. Thomas, Minnesota, Opus College of BusinessMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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