The Influence of Retail Management’s Use of Social Power on Corporate Ethical Values, Employee Commitment, and Performance

Journal of Business Ethics 97 (1):87-108 (2010)


Recent cases in retailing reflect that ethics have a major impact on brands and performance, in turn, demonstrating that brand owners, employees, and consumers focus on ethical values. In this study, we analyze how various sources of social power affect corporate ethical values, retailer’s commitment to the retail organization, and ultimately sales and service quality. Multi-source data based on a sample of 225 retailers indicated a strong link between power, ethics, and commitment and that these affected output performance.

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