The influence of the founder's ethical legacy on organizational climate: Empirical evidence from South Korea

Hun-Joon Park1, Seung-Wan Kang2
1School of Business, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
2Department of Business Administration, Korea University, Republic of Korea
Cite this article:  Park, H.-J., & Kang, S.-W. (2014). The influence of the founder's ethical legacy on organizational climate: Empirical evidence from South Korea. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42(2), 211-222.

Volume 42 Issue 2 | e3511 | Published: March 2014 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2014.42.2.211

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We investigated the relationship between the ethical leadership of the founder of a company and that company’s ethical climate as perceived by 4 groups of employees. Surveys were administered to current and former employees of a large Fortune Global 200 steel manufacturer in South Korea. The total sample (N = 728) consisted of 4 subsamples: 2 comprising retirees and 2 comprising current employees. We found that the ethical leadership of the founder was associated with the company’s ethical climate, and that relationship was significant for the 4 subsamples. Theoretical and managerial implications are discussed.

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