Characteristics of ethical business cultures

Alexandre Ardichvili, James A. Mitchell, Douglas Jondle

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The purpose of this study was to identify general characteristics attributed to ethical business cultures by executives from a variety of industries. Our research identified five clusters of characteristics: Mission- and Values-Driven, Stakeholder Balance, Leadership Effectiveness, Process Integrity, and Long-term Perspective. We propose that these characteristics be used as a foundation of a comprehensive model that can be engaged to influence operational practices in creating and sustaining an ethical business culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-451
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009


  • Business culture
  • Business ethics
  • Leadership
  • Organizational culture
  • Value-based management

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