Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 59, Issue 4, pp 375–413 | Cite as

A Review of The Empirical Ethical Decision-Making Literature: 1996–2003

  • Michael J. O’FallonEmail author
  • Kenneth D. Butterfield


This review summarizes and critiques the empirical ethical decision-making literature from 1996–2003. One hundred and seventy-four articles were published in top business journals during this period. Tables are included that summarize the findings by dependent variable – awareness, judgment, intent, and behavior. We compare this review with past reviews in order to draw conclusions regarding trends in the ethical decision-making literature and to surface directions for future research.


Awareness behavior decision-making descriptive ethics ethical decision-making intent judgment literature review rest’s model 


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  • Michael J. O’Fallon
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  • Kenneth D. Butterfield
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  1. 1.Department of Management OperationsWashington State UniversityPullmanU.S.A

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