Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 163–175

Religiousness and Business Ethics

  • Ellen J. Kennedy
  • Leigh Lawton

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005747511116

Cite this article as:
Kennedy, E.J. & Lawton, L. Journal of Business Ethics (1998) 17: 163. doi:10.1023/A:1005747511116


There is strong theoretical support for a relationship between various characteristics of religiousness and attitudes towards business ethics. This paper examines three frequently- studied dimensions of religiousness (fundamentalism, conservatism, and intrinsic religiousness) and their ability to predict students' willingness to behave unethically. Because prior research indicated a possible relationship between the religious affiliation of an institution and its members' ethical orientation, we studied students at universities with three different types of religious affiliation: evangelical, Catholic, and none.

Results of the study lend support to a negative relationship between the above-mentioned dimensions of religiousness and willingness to behave unethically. In addition, students at the Evangelical university were far less willing to engage in unethical behavior than were students at either the Catholic or the unaffiliated institutions.

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  • Ellen J. Kennedy
  • Leigh Lawton

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