Ethical attitudes and ethical behavior: Are managers role models?

Jeffrey Kantor, Jacob Weisberg

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Ethical attitudes and ethical behavior in organizations may have substantial ramifications on a firm's operation. This study investigates whether or not managers are perceived by employees to exhibit ethical attitudes and ethical behavior and thereby being their role models. A sample of 111 employees within the finance department of a major municipality who are exposed to unethical behavior responded to a structured questionnaire concerning ethical and unethical episodes. There were three major findings: first, consistently perceived ethical behavior is lower than perceived ethical attitudes of the employee, his peers and of his managers; second, self-enhancing bias exists; and third, managers do not exhibit an ethical role model in the organization. Implications for human resource management and policies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-703
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Manpower
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2002


  • Attitudes
  • Behaviour
  • Ethics
  • Influence
  • Managers
  • Roles


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