Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 82, Issue 1, pp 145–155 | Cite as

Ethical Ideologies of Senior Australian Managers: An Empirical Study

  • Mario FernandoEmail author
  • Shyamali Dharmage
  • Shamika Almeida


Forsyth’s (1980) Ethics Position Questionnaire and Hunt et al.’s (1989) Corporate Ethical Value Questionnaire are used to examine the ethical ideologies of senior managers from organizations listed in the Australian Stock Exchange. The results indicate how corporate ethical values, religion, gender, and age are related to the idealism and relativism of senior Australian managers. After discussing the results, limitations of the study are offered. Finally, managerial implications are provided and recommendations for future research are given.


Australia idealism relativism corporate ethical values managers 


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Research assistance provided by Renae Hellmund is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Fernando
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shyamali Dharmage
    • 1
  • Shamika Almeida
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Management and Marketing, Faculty of CommerceUniversity of WollongongGwynvilleAustralia

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