Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 197–208 | Cite as

The Development of a Virtue Ethics Scale

  • Kevin J. Shanahan
  • Michael R. Hyman


Drawing on conceptual works by Murphy (1999) and Solomon (1999), we develop a virtue ethics scale. Other ethics scales, which are grounded in deontological and teleological principles, may be used to classify people according to their beliefs about (1) the criteria they use to make ethical decisions, or (2) the ethicality of those decisions. We suggest augmenting these scales with our virtue ethics scale, which may be used to classify people according to their beliefs about the virtuous qualities of businesspeople.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin J. Shanahan
    • 1
  • Michael R. Hyman
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Business and Technology, Department of MarketingThe University of Texas at TylerTylerU.S.A. E-mail
  2. 2.College of Business Administration and Economics, Department of MarketingNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesU.S.A.

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