Teaching Business Ethics

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 181–205 | Cite as

Ethical Sensitivity in Management Decisions: Developing and Testing a Perceptual Measure Among Management and Professional Student Groups

  • Dennis P. Wittmer


An emerging literature in behavioral ethicsconceptualizes ethical perception or sensitivity as acritical part of the decision making process. Thisstudy appears to be the first to empirically test thisconcept in organization and management decisionmaking. A measure of ethical sensitivity is developedand tested in a decision making exercise. Subjectsfor the study are 156 students from programs inbusiness management, public administration, andengineering. The relationship of ethical sensitivityto decision outcome is assessed.

ethical decision making ethical perception ethical sensitivity managerial ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis P. Wittmer
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  1. 1.Department of Management, Daniels College of BusinessUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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