Journal of Business Ethics

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A Study of Ethical Decision Making by Physicians and Nurses in Hospitals

  • Satish P. DeshpandeEmail author


This research investigates the impact of various factors on ethical behavior of 180 not-for-profit hospital employees. Ethical behavior of peers, ethical behavior of successful managers, and emotional intelligence had a significant positive impact on ethical behavior of respondents. Physicians and hospital employees with political connections within the organization were significantly less ethical than other employees. The results have many implications for researchers and healthcare practitioners.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooU.S.A.

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