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Temas em Psicologia

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RIBEIRO, Patrícia Emanuele da Cruz Dias; PORTO, Juliana Barreiros; PUENTE-PALACIOS, Katia  e  RESENDE, Marília Mesquita. Ethical climate within organizations: validity evidence of a measure's scale. Temas psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.2, pp. 415-425. ISSN 1413-389X.

A specific type of organizational climate that has been the focus of attention of many researchers is the ethical climate. It is understood as shared perceptions related to prescriptions, proscriptions and permissions concerning moral obligations within organizations. Nowadays, the most adopted theoretical model stresses nine archetypes composing the ethical climate. To be measured it is substantial to have an instrument capable of capturing its particularities. This study aimed to investigate the validity evidence of a scale translated from English to Portuguese and adjusted to Brazilian context. Therefore, the Portuguese version - initially with 36 items - was administered to 159 workers from multiple organizations. The data was submitted to exploratory factor analysis. The best-reached solution has revealed a scale structure with 19 items clustered into three factors (Benevolence; Principles and rules; Independence and instrumentalism) with suitable internal consistency indices and an explained variance of 42,8%. As it is shown by other studies using this measure, these results evidence the theoretical model's fragility to capture the phenomenon. Further research are needed to identify the adequacy of the structure found in this study in order to evaluate ethical climate within organizations, as well as its predictive power.

Palavras-chave : Ethical climate; organizational climate; measure's validity.

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