Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 359–372

Personal religiousness and ethical judgements: An empirical analysis

  • James W. Clark
  • Lyndon E. Dawson

DOI: 10.1007/BF00382959

Cite this article as:
Clark, J.W. & Dawson, L.E. J Bus Ethics (1996) 15: 359. doi:10.1007/BF00382959


It has been acknowledged on numerous occasions that personal religiousness is a potential source of ethical norms, and consequently, an influence in ethical evaluations. An extensive literature review provides little in the way of empirical investigation of this recognized affect. This investigation conceptualizes religiousness as a motivation for ethical action, and discovers significant differences in ethical judgements among respondents categorized by personal religious motivation. Suggestions as to the source of these differences, and the implications which they offer to managers are discussed and supported from the literature.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Clark
    • 1
  • Lyndon E. Dawson
    • 1
  1. 1.College of BusinessJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA

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