Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp 585–599

Empiricism in business ethics: Suggested research directions

  • Diana C. Robertson

DOI: 10.1007/BF01845895

Cite this article as:
Robertson, D.C. J Bus Ethics (1993) 12: 585. doi:10.1007/BF01845895


This paper considers future directions of empirical research in business ethics and presents a series of recommendations. Greater emphasis should be placed on the normative basis of empirical studies, behavior (rather than attitudes) should be established as the key dependent variable, theoretical models of ethical decision making should be tested, and empirical studies need to focus on theory-building. Extensions of methodology and the unit of analysis are proposed together with recommendations concerning the need for replication and validity, and building links to managerial and public policy applications.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana C. Robertson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Legal Studies, The Wharton SchoolUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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