Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp 1029–1047 | Cite as

Corporate Ethics Initiatives As Social Control

  • William S. Laufer
  • Diana C. Robertson


Efforts to institutionalize ethics in corporations have been discussed without first addressing the desirability of norm conformity or the possibility that the means used to elicit conformity will be coercive. This article presents a theoretical context, grounded in models of social control, within which ethics initiatives may be evaluated. Ethics initiatives are discussed in relation to variables that already exert control in the workplace, such as environmental controls, organizational controls, and personal controls.


Economic Growth Environmental Control Social Control Personal Control Organizational Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William S. Laufer
    • 1
  • Diana C. Robertson
    • 1
  1. 1.The Wharton SchoolUniversity of PennsylvaniaUSA

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