Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 16, Issue 12–13, pp 1319–1329 | Cite as

Re-examining the Influence of Individual Values on Ethical Decision Making

  • Saundra H. Glover
  • Minnette A. Bumpus
  • John E. Logan
  • James R. Ciesla

Abstract

This paper presents the results of five years of research involving three studies. The first two studies investigated the impact of the value honesty/integrity on the ethical decision choice an individual makes, as moderated by the individual personality traits of self-monitoring and private self-consciousness. The third study, which is the focus of this paper, expanded the two earlier studies by varying the level of moral intensity and including the influence of demographical factors and other workplace values: achievement, fairness, and concern for others on the ethical decision process. These studies were designed using a laboratory format and a decision exercise that attempted to establish realistic business conflict situations through decision scenarios. Support is presented for the influence of gender and achievement on ethical choice. Recommendations for the future direction of this stream of research are given.

decision making ethics moral intensity self-consciousness self-moitoring values 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saundra H. Glover
    • 1
  • Minnette A. Bumpus
    • 1
  • John E. Logan
    • 1
  • James R. Ciesla
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Business & Administration and Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of Colorado-BoulderBoulder

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