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Title: Antecedents and outcomes of organisational virtues
Author: Martin-Moreno, Jose Felix
ISNI:       0000 0004 2696 0296
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2010
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Recent years have seen an increasing interest in the application of virtue ethics in business as opposed to consequentialist or deontogical ethics. However the focus has often been on virtues at the individual as opposed to the organizational level of analysis.It is proposed that the organisational virtues intermediate individual (leadership) and group level constructs (organisational citizenship behaviours, corporate citizenship) to foster intrinsic motivation through a focus on eudemonia (measured as affective commitment). The overall aim of this study is to test this hypothesis using the Chun (2005) scale of organisational virtues ('Virtue Ethical Character Scale'). In the conceptualisation of the organisational virtues I draw from the Aristotelian virtue ethics tradition as reinterpreted by Alasdair MacIntyre.The study is in the main quantitative using SPSS and AMOS, vs. 16 and it is based on a sample of 643 questionnaires drawn from eight different organisations, including two law firms, the headquarters of an international timeshare company, four hotels and a dairy company. All the organisations are based in the UK, except the timeshare company which is based in Cork, Ireland.The survey questionnaire used for the collection of quantitative data is composed of measurement scales representing each construct which were available in the literature and whose validity and reliability were also tested.The outcome of the study is a structured equation model linking the various constructs in the hypothesised manner, which is then applied in a series of case studies involving the organisations surveyed. The model shows particularly strong path coefficients between transformational leadership behaviours and the organisational virtues, and the organisational virtues and affective commitment. Findings from semi-structured and informal qualitative interviews conducted at the organisations are used to help interpret the results.
Supervisor: Chun, Rosa ; Davies, Gary Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: virtue ethics ; leadership ; affective commitment ; corporate citizenship ; intrinsic motivation ; OCB ; MacIntyre