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An integrated model of justice and ethical climates and the influence of cultural diversity


Macklin, RB and Martin, A and Mathison, K, An integrated model of justice and ethical climates and the influence of cultural diversity, Management and Organization Review, 11, (Special Issue 1) pp. 101-121. ISSN 1740-8776 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/more.12034


The business ethics literature has paid little attention to the similarities, differences, and interactions between ‘justice climate’ and ‘ethical work climate’, two key perspectives on the moral dimension of organizations that are related to cultural diversity. In this conceptual paper we argue that integrative studies of justice and ethical work climates could contribute significantly to our understanding of the moral dimensions of organizations. We propose a model showing that an organization’s moral climate can perform both normative and evaluative functions. With the globalization of business and increasing diversification of the labour force, cross-cultural differences regarding organizational perceptions and behaviours are increasingly salient. Hence, we also explore the influence of cultural diversity in our integrated model with the Chinese business context as a specific example. We conclude by discussing directions for further research on the relationship between cultural diversity and moral climate in organizations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:business ethics, Chinese business ethics, cultural diversity, ethical work climate, justice climate, organizational justice
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business and Management
Research Field:Organisation and Management Theory
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and Institutional Development
Objective Field:Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified
Author:Macklin, RB (Dr Rob Macklin)
Author:Martin, A (Associate Professor Angela Martin)
Author:Mathison, K (Dr Karin Mathison)
ID Code:91358
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Deposited On:2014-05-15
Last Modified:2018-03-16

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