Ethical Managerial Behaviour as an Antecedent of Organizational Social Capital

Journal of Business Ethics 78 (3):329-341 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX


There is a need of further research to understand how social capital in the organization can be fostered. Existing literature focuses on the design of reciprocity norms, procedures and stability employment practices as the main levers of social capital in the workplace. Complementary to these mechanisms, this paper explores the impact of ethical managerial behaviour on the development of social capital. We argue that a managerial behaviour based on the true concern for the well-being of employees, as well as their motivational and ethical development, can be particularly important for the generation of social capital in the organization. It is suggested that manager's behaviour should be based on three principles: following examplary behaviour, helping the employees to value the consequences of their actions in other persons, and not betraying employee's trust. When the manager conforms to those principles, he can ease the process through which employees develop associability and identification-based trust with the firm, the two main components of 'Organizational Social Capital'. Bringing ethics into the debate of social capital creation seems to us fundamental, as social capital in the firm is likely to be influenced by the ethical and motivational development of its members



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,174

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Ethical Significance of the Social Capital.Dong-Liang Kou - 2005 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (4):144-147.
The Association Between Ethical Leadership and Employee Outcomes Ð the Malaysian Case.Cyrill Ponnu & Girindra Tennakoon - 2009 - Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies 14 (1):21-32.
The Facets of Social Capital.Mikael Rostila - 2011 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 41 (3):308-326.


Added to PP

42 (#275,288)

6 months
2 (#275,027)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

The Social Psychology of Procedural Justice.E. Allan Lind & Tom R. Tyler - 1988 - Springer Science & Business Media.
Reason in Human Affairs.Herbert Simon - 1983 - Stanford University Press.
Integrity.Lynne McFall - 1987 - Ethics 98 (1):5-20.
The Challenge of Ethical Behavior in Organizations.Ronald R. Sims - 1992 - Journal of Business Ethics 11 (7):505 - 513.

View all 14 references / Add more references