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Work Meaningfulness as a Key Enhancer of Ethical Values in Business
Title of the conference
Fifth International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE) World Congress
International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE)
Rok Boleslaw, Sokolowska Judita
Despite abundant research on work meaningfulness, the link between work meaningfulness and general ethical attitude at work has not been discussed so far. In this article, we propose a theoretical framework to explain how work meaningfulness contributes to enhanced ethical behavior. We argue that by providing a way for individuals to relate work to one's personal core values and identity, work meaningfulness leads to affective commitment - the involvement of one's cognitive, emotional, and physical resources. This, in turn, leads to engagement and so facilitates the integration of one's personal values in the daily work routines, and so reduces the risk of unethical behavior. On the contrary, anomie, that is, the absence of meaning and consequently of personal involvement, will lead to lower rational commitment rather than affective commitment, and consequently to disengagement and a-morality. We conclude with implications for the management of ethical attitudes.
meaning, work, ethics, sensemaking, Individual, Anomie
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