An article authored by Mark Schwartz (BA ’87, MBA ’91, JD ’91, PhD ’99), a professor of law, governance & ethics in York’s School of Administrative Studies, has received a Citation Classic Award from the Journal of Business Ethics.
The journal compiled a list of the 51 most cited articles over its 30-year history, with over 100 volumes published. Schwartz’s article “The Nature of the Relationship Between Corporate Codes of Ethics and Behaviour”, published in 2001, was the 36th most cited article out of 4,747 articles published in the last three decades.
“It is a great honour to receive this award,” said Schwartz, who teaches in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. “The article was based on my PhD dissertation research where I interviewed 57 managers, employees and ethics officers at four large Canadian corporations to try to determine if corporate codes of ethics impact ethical behaviour in the workplace.”
According to Alex Michalos, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Ethics, “Citation classics have been defined as articles whose frequency of being cited is at least four standard deviations above the mean.” Michalos notes that Schwartz’s article “is a significantly important contribution to the field of business ethics and as such is included in the list of citation classics.”
The Journal of Business Ethics is a peer reviewed academic journal published by Springer and is recognized on the Financial Times top 45 journal list used towards their MBA program rankings.