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Examining relationships among corporate ethical values, commitment and turnover intentions

Japneet Kaur (University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarth, India)
Sanjeev Kumar Sharma (University Institue of Applied Management Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India)

South Asian Journal of Global Business Research

ISSN: 2045-4457

Article publication date: 7 March 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship of corporate ethical values (CEV) on the work attitudes linked to the organizational behavior of employees. It primarily focusses on examining the relationship of CEV with organizational commitment (OC) and the turnover intention (TI) of employees.

Design/methodology/approach

Study undertakes an explanatory analysis on a sample of 150 employees from large and medium scale Indian Information Technology Business Process Outsourcing firms.

Findings

Results of the study revealed significant relationships among the variables. Strong positive association has been found between CEV and commitment, whereas, contrasting result has been found with TI of employees. CEV explained 22 percent and 23 percent of variance in commitment and TI, respectively. Moreover, the relationship of ethical values and TIs has been found to be mediated through OC.

Practical implications

Study enables the managers to understand wider impact of ethics in an organization and its positive impact on employees in increasing their commitment levels. Managers should focus on the ethical aspects of conducting business to ensure that the employees are well engaged with their employer and have the least tendency to shift when given an opportunity.

Originality/value

This research attempts to bridge the gap in the existing literature by explaining relationship among variables (CEV, OC and TI) in context to the South-Asian nations, and especially India.

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Citation

Kaur, J. and Sharma, S.K. (2016), "Examining relationships among corporate ethical values, commitment and turnover intentions", South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 32-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAJGBR-01-2015-0006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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