A Review of Empirical Studies Assessing Ethical Decision Making in Business

Abstract

This article summarizes the multitude of empirical studies that test ethical decision making in business and suggests additional research necessary to further theory in this area. The studies are categorized and related to current theoretical ethical decision making models. The studies are related to awareness, individual and organizational factors, intent, and the role of moral intensity in ethical decision making. Summary tables provide a quick reference for the sample, findings, and publication outlet. This review provides insights for understanding organizational ethical decision constructs, where ethical decision making theory currently stands, and provides insights for future empirical work on organizational ethical decision making.

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Loe, T.W., Ferrell, L. & Mansfield, P. A Review of Empirical Studies Assessing Ethical Decision Making in Business. Journal of Business Ethics 25, 185–204 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1006083612239

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