Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 11, Issue 5–6, pp 461–470 | Cite as

Judging the morality of business practices: The influence of personal moral philosophies

  • Donelson R. Forsyth
Behavioral Aspects Of Business Ethics


Individuals' moral judgments of certain business practices and their decisions to engage in those practices are influenced by their personal moral philosophies: (a) situationists advocate striving for the best consequences possible irrespective of moral maxims; (b) subjectivists reject moral guidelines and base judgments on personal values and practical concerns; (c) absolutists assume that actions are moral, provided they yield positive consequences and conform to moral rules; (d) exceptionists prefer to follow moral dictates but allow for exceptions for practical reasons. These variations, which are based on two fundamental dimensions (concern for principles and concern for promoting human welfare) influence a variety of moral processes and have implications for ethical debates over business practices.


Economic Growth Practical Reason Moral Judgment Good Consequence Fundamental Dimension 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donelson R. Forsyth
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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