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Effective practices for improving service professionals' ethical behaviors: A multiple method study.

Lee, Peter KC; Hu, Ying; Yang, Yefei

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Peter KC Lee

Ying Hu

Yefei Yang



Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Enhancing frontline professional service employees' ethics has been an increasingly important issue for organizations in sustaining their reputation and long-term profitability. While many organizations have implemented general ethics programes such as ethics codes and ethical training, unethical scandals regularly still appear in many service organizations. This research offers new insights into the practices that can effectively enhance marketing practitioners' ethical behaviors and the pertinent contextual factors that have a bearing on the effectiveness of ethics programes.

METHODS: It uses a multi-method methodology to conduct two studies in the Chinese banking setting. Based on the rank of revenue and profitability published by Fortune magazine of year 2021, in Study 1, we choose five main Chinese banking organizations to conduct case studies to explore the framework of effective ethics programes of banks. In Study 2 we use the valid instruments from the literature to measure the involved constructs and employs data from randomly selected 146 frontline banking teams in five main Chinese banking organizations to examine the effectiveness of three specific ethics practices and ascertain the moderating role of role stress in such effectiveness.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Our findings indicate the effective behavior control practices within organizations' ethics programes and the implications of having a stressful workplace when adopting such practices. In addition, we integrate organizational concepts regarding behavior control and employee ethics, and use two empirical methods to systematically explore the effectiveness of ethics programes. This paper advances the management and marketing literature and has significant managerial implications for improving frontline service professionals' ethical behaviors.

Citation

Lee, P. K., Hu, Y., & Yang, Y. (2022). Effective practices for improving service professionals' ethical behaviors: A multiple method study. Frontiers in Psychology, 1042142 - ?. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1042142

Acceptance Date Nov 21, 2022
Publication Date Dec 7, 2022
Journal Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher Frontiers Media
Pages 1042142 - ?
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1042142
Keywords behavior control, ethics, professional service organizations, role stress, multi-method
Publisher URL https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1042142/full

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