Ethical leadership and ethical climate in the container shipping industry

Chin-shan Lu, Szu Yu Kuo, Yi Tai Chiu

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This study examined ethical leadership and ethical climate in the container shipping context. Using data collected from 147 container shipping firms in Taiwan, exploratory factor analysis identified four dimensions underlying ethical climate attributes: rules, independent thinking, law and ethical code, and caring. Subsequent analysis indicated that respondent perceived the law and ethical code dimension to be performed higher than the rules, caring, and independent thinking dimensions in their employing organisations. A structural equation model was employed to examine the relationship between ethical leadership and ethical climate, and indicated that ethical leadership has a positive influence on ethical climate. Areas suggested for future research are presented in the final section of the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-604
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2013


  • Container shipping context
  • Ethical climate
  • Ethical leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Transportation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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