Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 112, Issue 1, pp 167–176

I’m Number One! Does Narcissism Impair Ethical Judgment Even for the Highly Religious?


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-012-1239-0

Cite this article as:
Cooper, M.J. & Pullig, C. J Bus Ethics (2013) 112: 167. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1239-0


Can an assessment of individuals’ narcissism help explain the quality of a respondent’s ethical judgment? How is the relationship between religiosity and ethical judgment moderated by the effects of narcissism? With a sample of 385 undergraduate business majors, this study uses a taxonomic approach to examine the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic religiosity as well as orthodox Christian beliefs on ethical judgment. Three distinct clusters were identified: Skeptics, Nominals, and Devouts. Surprisingly, of the three clusters, Nominals and Devouts were the only groups impacted by narcissism, although Skeptics overall demonstrate the worst ethical judgment.


Narcissism Ethical judgment Orthodox beliefs Religiosity Cluster analysis 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marketing DepartmentBaylor UniversityWacoUSA

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