Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 99, Issue 4, pp 527–534 | Cite as

Ethical Climate and Managerial Success in China

  • Satish P. Deshpande
  • Jacob Joseph
  • Xiaonan Shu


This study examines perceptions of ethical climate and ethical practices of 118 successful Chinese managers among business students and managers in the Zhejiang province of China. The impact of different ethical climate types on perceived ethical practices of successful managers was also investigated. The “rules” was the most reported, and “independence” was the least reported, among the various climate types. A majority of the respondents perceive successful managers as ethical. In addition, those who believed that their organization had a “rules” climate perceived a strong positive link between success and ethical behavior. None of the other climate types had an impact on the link between success and ethical behavior.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Satish P. Deshpande
    • 1
  • Jacob Joseph
    • 2
  • Xiaonan Shu
    • 3
  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooU.S.A.
  2. 2.University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksU.S.A.
  3. 3.Wenzhou UniversityWenzhouChina

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