Organizational Ethics Research: A Systematic Review of Methods and Analytical Techniques

Michael S. McLeod, G. Tyge Payne, Robert E. Evert

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Abstract

Ethics are of interest to business scholars because they influence decisions, behaviors, and outcomes. While scholars have increasingly shown interest in business ethics as a research topic, there are a mounting number of studies that examine ethical issues at the organizational level of analysis. This manuscript reports the results of a systematic review of empirical research on organizational ethics published in a broad sample of business journals over a 33-year period (1980–2012). A total of 184 articles are analyzed to reveal gaps in the literature and, subsequently, lead to suggestions for future research; this is done in an effort to stimulate and perpetuate high quality research that more broadly impacts business scholars and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-443
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume134
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • Analytics
  • Empirical
  • Ethics
  • Firm
  • Methods
  • Organization
  • Statistics
  • Virtues

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