Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 11, Issue 5–6, pp 369–377 | Cite as

Ethical decision-making in business: Behavioral issues and concerns

  • Stephen B. Knouse
  • Robert A. Giacalone
Behavioral Aspects Of Business Ethics

Abstract

This article examines selected behavioral aspects of ethical decision making within a business context. Three categories of antecedents to ethical decision behaviors (individual differences, interpersonal variables, and organizational variables) are examined and propositions are offered. Moral development theory and expectancy theory are then explored as possible bases for a theory of ethical decision making. Finally, means of improving ethical decision making in firms are explored.

Keywords

Decision Making Economic Growth Individual Difference Development Theory Ethical Decision 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen B. Knouse
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert A. Giacalone
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ManagementUniversity of Southwestern LouisianaLafayetteUSA
  2. 2.E. Clairborne Robins School of BusinessUniversity of RichmondUSA

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