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date: 15 November 2019

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In the past 25 years, scholars have dedicated considerable attention to the role of the organizational ethical environment; namely, ethical climate and ethical culture. This chapter provides a narrative review of the empirical literature on ethical climate and ethical culture. It describes the conceptualization and operationalization of these constructs as well as reviews research on their antecedents and consequences. The chapter concludes by highlighting some limitations of this area of inquiry and prescribes several steps to help this literature gain legitimacy so that it can be more organizationally relevant and thrive in the future.

Keywords: ethical climate, ethical culture, job attitudes, ethical leadership, pro-social behavior, unethical behavior

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