A Review of the Empirical Ethical Decision-Making Literature: 1996–2003

  • Michael J. O’Fallon
  • Kenneth D. Butterfield
Part of the Advances in Business Ethics Research book series (ABER, volume 2)


This review summarizes and critiques the empirical ethical decision-making literature from 1996 to 2003. One hundred and seventy-four articles were published in top business journals during this period. Tables are included that summarize the findings by dependent variable – awareness, judgment, intent, and behavior. We compare this review with past reviews in order to draw conclusions regarding trends in the ethical decision-making literature and to surface directions for future research.


Business Ethic Moral Judgment Unethical Behavior Ethical Climate Ethical Judgment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. O’Fallon
    • 1
  • Kenneth D. Butterfield
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation ManagementJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of Management, Information Systems and EntrepreneurshipWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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