Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 213–229 | Cite as

Communication of Organizational Strategy and Coordinated Decision Making as Catalysts for Enhanced Perceptions of Corporate Ethical Values in a Financial Services Company

  • Sean Valentine
  • David Hollingworth


Drawing upon stakeholder theory and other interactional perspectives, this study explores the linkages among strategy communication, business decisions, and organizational ethics. Using survey data obtained from employees working for a financial services firm operating in the United States, the study determines 1) whether coordinated decision making fully mediates a proposed relationship between the communication of business strategy and employees’ perceptions of corporate ethical values, or 2) whether business strategy communication and coordinated decision making both influence perceived ethical values (partial mediation). Results obtained from structural equation modeling provide strong support for full mediation. The practical/theoretical implications of the findings and future research suggestions are presented.


Business strategy Organizational ethics Corporate ethical values 



The authors wish to thank Lynn Godkin (Lamar University) and Duane Helleloid (University of North Dakota) for their helpful comments on this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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