Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 75, Issue 4, pp 335–343 | Cite as

Personal Values’ Influence on the Ethical Dimension of Decision Making



Personal values have long been associated with individual decision behavior. The role played by personal values in decision making within an organization is less clear. Past research has found that managers tend to respond to ethical dilemmas situationally. This study examines the relationship between personal values and the ethical dimension of decision making using Partial Least Squares (PLS) analysis. The study examines personal values as they relate to five types of ethical dilemmas. We found a significant positive contribution of altruistic values to ethical decision making and a significant negative contribution of self-enhancement values to ethical decision making.


personal values decision making ethical dilemmas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State University,MalvernU.S.A.

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