Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 349–360 | Cite as

Ethical Context, Organizational Commitment, and Person-Organization Fit

  • Sean Valentine
  • Lynn Godkin
  • Margaret Lucero


The purpose of this study was to assess the relationships among ethical context, organizational commitment, and person-organization fit using a sample of 304 young working adults. Results indicated that corporate ethical values signifying different cultural aspects of an ethical context were positively related to both organizational commitment and person-organization fit. Organizational commitment was also positively related to person-organization fit. The findings suggest that the development and promotion of an ethical context might enhance employees' workplace experiences, and companies should consider adopting ethical policies that support principled conduct, punish unethical actions, and increase individual perceptions of an ethical company environment.

ethical context organizational commitment person-organization fit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sean Valentine
    • 1
  • Lynn Godkin
    • 2
  • Margaret Lucero
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Management and MarketingUniversity of WyomingLaramieU.S.A.
  2. 2.Department of Management and MarketingLamar UniversityBeaumontU.S.A.
  3. 3.Department of Management and MarketingTexas A&M-Corpus ChristiCorpus, ChristiU.S.A.

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