The Association between Ethical Decision-Making, Job Satisfaction, Organisational Commitment and Selected Demographic Variables

Authors

  • Kamarul Zaman Ahmad Faculty of Business and Accountancy, Universiti Malaya
  • Sharifah Haslinda Syed Alwee Graduate School of Management Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Zetty Zahureen Mohd. Yusoff Graduate School of Management Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Suzana Idayu Wati Osman Graduate School of Management Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Siti Normah Awang Tuah Graduate School of Management Universiti Putra Malaysia

Abstract

Job satisfaction and organisational commitment are variables that have been frequently studied. However, the relationship between ethical decision-making and these two variables are seldom explored. This study conducted on 200 employees from public and private companies in various parts of Kuala Lumpur, aims to investigate the relationship between these three variables. Instruments were used from Paolillo & Vitell (2002), Hunt, Wood & Chonko (1989) and Dubinsky & Hartley (1986) to measure ethics, organisational commitment and job satisfaction respectively. Results show that there is a positive correlation between ethics and organisational commitment and between job satisfaction and organisational commitment. However, contrary to expectations, there is no significant correlation between ethics and job satisfaction. The negative correlation between organisational commitment and position r = -0.288, p< 0.1 suggests that people higher up in the hierarchy are less committed towards the organisation. The absence of any significant correlation between ethics and age, experience, and position is also contrary to previous studies conducted in the West. This suggests that, unlike the West, ethics does not increase or decrease with age, experience, and position.

 

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Published

01-12-2003

How to Cite

Ahmad, K. Z., Syed Alwee, S. H., Mohd. Yusoff, Z. Z., Osman, S. I. W., & Awang Tuah, S. N. (2003). The Association between Ethical Decision-Making, Job Satisfaction, Organisational Commitment and Selected Demographic Variables. Malaysian Management Journal, 7(2), 1–11. Retrieved from https://e-journal.uum.edu.my/index.php/mmj/article/view/8749