Adaptation and evidence of validity of the Corporate Ethical Virtues Scale in Brazil: A measure of ethical culture in organisations

Adaptación y evidencias de validez de la Escala de Virtudes Éticas Corporativas en Brasil: una medida de la cultura ética en las organizaciones

Marília Mesquita Resende , Juliana Barreiros Porto , Francisco J. Gracia , Inés Tomás
Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología, (2022), 54, pp. 23-32.
Recibido el 12 de enero de 2022
Aceptado el 4 de abril de 2022


Introducción: La cultura ética se destaca como una variable importante para comprender las normas y el comportamiento éticos en el trabajo. La escala de virtudes éticas corporativas (CEV) es una medida de cultura ética organizacional ampliamente utilizada. El objetivo de este estudio fue adaptar y validar la escala CEV de cultura ética al entorno brasileño. Método: En el estudio 1 (n = 1.219), la Escala CEV fue traducida y adaptada, se probaron la confiabilidad y la estructura interna y se demostró la validez discriminante de las medidas de clima ético. En el estudio 2 (n = 635), se demostró la invariancia de medición en dos grupos y hubo evidencia de validez basada en las relaciones con constructos relacionados. Resultados: Los resultados indicaron que la versión brasileña de la escala CEV mostró propiedades psicométricas razonables y proporcionó evidencia de validez convergente y discriminante. Conclusión: Esta medida puede ser utilizada por gerentes y consultores para diagnosticar la cultura organizacional ética.

Palabras clave:
Cultura ética organizacional, virtudes éticas corporativas, validez, análisis factorial confirmatorio, invarianza factorial


Introduction: Ethical culture stands out as an important variable in comprehending ethical norms and ethical behaviour at work. The Corporate Ethical Virtues (CEV) Scale is a widely used measure of ethical culture in organisations. This study aimed to adapt and validate the CEV Scale to a Brazilian context. Method: In Study 1 (n = 1.219), the CEV Scale was translated and adapted, the reliability and the internal structure were tested and the discriminant validity of ethical climate measures was demonstrated. In Study 2 (n = 635), measurement invariance in two groups was demonstrated, and there was evidence of validity based on the relationships with related constructs. Results: The results indicated that the Brazilian version of the CEV Scale showed reasonable psychometric properties and provided evidence of convergent and discriminant validity. Conclusion: This measure can be used by managers and consultants to diagnose ethical organisational culture.

Ethical organisational culture, corporate ethical virtues, scale validation, confirmatory factor analysis, factorial invariance

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