A behavioral model of ethical and unethical decision making

Abstract

A model is developed which identifies and describes various factors which affect ethical and unethical behavior in organizations, including a decision-maker's social, government and legal, work, professional and personal environments. The effect of individual decision maker attributes on the decision process is also discussed. The model links these influences with ethical and unethical behavior via the mediating structure of the individual's decision-making process.

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Michael Bommer, Clarence Gratto, Jerry Gravander and Mark Tuttle all come from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

Michael Bommer is Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Management. He is co-author of two books. His articles have been published in several journals.

Clarence Gratto is Assistant Professor of Business Law.

Jerry Gravander is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Liberal Studies and he has written several articles, published in Technology Review, Journal of the Humanities and Technology and Journal of the International Society for Technology Assessment.

Mark Tuttle is Assistant Professor at the School of Management and he is the author of articles which appeared in Journal of Vocational Behavior and Journal of Educational Psychology.

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Bommer, M., Gratto, C., Gravander, J. et al. A behavioral model of ethical and unethical decision making. J Bus Ethics 6, 265–280 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00382936

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  • Decision Making
  • Economic Growth
  • Decision Maker
  • Decision Process
  • Unethical Behavior