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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 134, Issue 3, pp 429–443 | Cite as

Organizational Ethics Research: A Systematic Review of Methods and Analytical Techniques

  • Michael S. McLeod
  • G. Tyge Payne
  • Robert E. Evert
Article

Abstract

Ethics are of interest to business scholars because they influence decisions, behaviors, and outcomes. While scholars have increasingly shown interest in business ethics as a research topic, there are a mounting number of studies that examine ethical issues at the organizational level of analysis. This manuscript reports the results of a systematic review of empirical research on organizational ethics published in a broad sample of business journals over a 33-year period (1980–2012). A total of 184 articles are analyzed to reveal gaps in the literature and, subsequently, lead to suggestions for future research; this is done in an effort to stimulate and perpetuate high quality research that more broadly impacts business scholars and practitioners.

Keywords

Analytics Methods Statistics Empirical Ethics Virtues Organization Firm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. McLeod
    • 1
  • G. Tyge Payne
    • 1
  • Robert E. Evert
    • 1
  1. 1.Rawls College of BusinessTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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