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The role of ethical values in an expanded psychological contract


O'Donohue, W and Nelson, L, The role of ethical values in an expanded psychological contract, Journal of Business Ethics, 90, (2) pp. 251-263. ISSN 1573-0697 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Social values and beliefs systems are playing an increasingly influential role in shaping the attitudes and behavior of individuals and organizations towards the employment relationship. Many individuals seek a broader meaning in their work that will let them feel that they are contributing to the broader community. For many organizations, a willingness to behave ethically and assume responsibility for social and environmental consequences of their activities has become essential to maintaining their ‹license to operate.’ The appearance of these trends in individual and organizational behavior towards outcomes that are more explicitly congruent with ethical and social values has significant implications for understanding the psychological contracts being created today. In this paper, we examine issues associated with the psychological contract and ethical standards of behavior, focusing on both the individual and organizational levels.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ethical values, codes of ethics, ethical climate, psychological contract
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Business ethics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Workplace and organisational ethics (excl. business ethics)
UTAS Author:O'Donohue, W (Dr Wayne O'Donohue)
ID Code:58111
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2009-09-07
Last Modified:2014-11-11
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