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Continuities and Extensions of Ethical Climate Theory: A Meta-Analytic Review

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  • Kelly Martin

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  • John Cullen

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Using traditional meta-analytic techniques, we compile relevant research to enhance conceptual appreciation of ethical climate theory (ECT) as it has been studied in the descriptive and applied ethics literature. We explore the various treatments of ethical climate to understand how the theoretical framework has developed. Furthermore, we provide a comprehensive picture of how the theory has been extended by describing the individual-level work climate outcomes commonly studied in this theoretical context. Meta-analysis allows us to resolve inconsistencies in previous findings as well as confirm the central tenets of the overall ethical climate framework. In addition, we consider the ethical climate relationships in the larger context of theâ\x90£theoretical framework, using path analysis to test the structural relationships. Overall, our results provide evidence of the relationships between ethical climate perceptions and individual-level work outcomes. Based on our analyses, we offer future research directions important for further development of ECT. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • Kelly Martin & John Cullen, 2006. "Continuities and Extensions of Ethical Climate Theory: A Meta-Analytic Review," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 69(2), pages 175-194, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:69:y:2006:i:2:p:175-194
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9084-7
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    1. Ostroff, Cheri, 1993. "The Effects of Climate and Personal Influences on Individual Behavior and Attitudes in Organizations," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 56(1), pages 56-90, October.
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