Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 541–554 | Cite as

Reliability among Senior Managers of the Marlowe–Crowne Short-Form Social Desirability Scale

  • Edmund R. Thompson
  • Florence T. T. Phua


The majority of scholarly management studies are based on self-report surveys. Consequently, the need to control for social desirability response is important, although few management studies in fact include the use of relevant scales commonly incorporated in psychology research. The full Marlowe–Crowne scale is disaffectingly long for senior-manager sample usage, so one of its short forms is more practical. However, the reliability of the most popular of these, the Strahan–Gerbasi scale, has not been tested with senior-manager samples. This study tests the scale amongst several senior-manager samples and finds it consistently lacks adequate reliability and unidimensionality.


Marlowe–Crowne social desirability response business managers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of ManagementRitsumeikan Asia Pacific University BeppuJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of the Built EnvironmentUniversity of New South WalesU.K

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