Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 469–480 | Cite as

Ethical ideology and ethical judgment regarding ethical issues in business

  • Tim Barnett
  • Ken Bass
  • Gene Brown


Differences in ethical ideology are thought to influence individuals' reasoning about moral issues (Forsyth and Nye, 1990; Forsyth, 1992). To date, relatively little research has addressed this proposition in terms of business-related ethical issues. In the present study, four groups, representing four distinct ethical ideologies, were created based on the two dimensions of the Ethical Position Questionnaire (idealism and relativism), as posited by Forsyth (1980). The ethical judgments of individuals regarding several business-related issues varied, depending upon their ethical ideology.


Economic Growth Posit Ethical Issue Position Questionnaire Ethical Judgment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Barnett
    • 1
  • Ken Bass
    • 1
  • Gene Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management and MarketingLouisiana Tech UniversityRustonUSA

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