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Creating an Ethical Work Context: A Pathway to Generate Social Capital in the Firm

David Pastoriza, Miguel A. Aríño and Joan E. Ricart
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 88, No. 3, 15th IESE International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society Business and Management: Towards More Humanistic Models and Practices (Sep., 2009), pp. 477-489
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40295013
Page Count: 13
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Creating an Ethical Work Context: A Pathway to Generate Social Capital in the Firm
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Abstract

There is a need for further research to understand how social capital in the workplace can be promoted. This article studies the generation of social capital from a comprehensive perspective that integrates ethics and general management. We propose the concept of "ethical work context" as an influential antecedent of the social capital in the firm. The ethical work context, which is aligned with the "humanizing culture" approach proposed by Melé (Journal of Business Ethics 45(1), 3-2003a), allows a broader comprehension of the concrete management practices and organizational dynamics that generate organizational social capital. It is argued that social capital, understood as a by-product of the ethical work context, results both from organizational design and ongoing managerial activity. Creating an ethical work context brings ethics and social capital into the realm of the general manager; a figure that has remained absent from the social capital literature.

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