The effect of firm profit versus personal economic well being on the level of ethical responses given by managers
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 17 (3):239-244 (1998)
Members of organizations are continually making decisions that have important consequences for themselves and the firms for which they work. In some cases these decisions affect human well being and social welfare and thus have important ethical impacts for those affected by the decisions.This study examines if certain strategic situations (enhancement of firm profits versus personal economic well being) cause decision makers to act more or less ethically. A questionnaire consisting of two vignettes which depicted actual business situations was used to collect data from 171 managers of a large Southeastern financial and communication conglomerate. Results from multivariate repeated measures tests suggest that managers will vary their level of ethical response when faced with a situation where their own economic well being is at stake.
|Keywords||Philosophy Ethics Business Education Economic Growth Management|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Aster Yong (2008). Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Managerial Perceptions on Profit. Journal of Business Ethics 82 (4):775 - 791.
Similar books and articles
Robin R. Radtke (2000). The Effects of Gender and Setting on Accountants' Ethically Sensitive Decisions. Journal of Business Ethics 24 (4):299 - 312.
David J. Fritzsche (1995). Personal Values: Potential Keys to Ethical Decision Making. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 14 (11):909 - 922.
Randall S. Upchurch & Sheila K. Ruhland (1996). The Organizational Bases of Ethical Work Climates in Lodging Operations as Perceived by General Managers. Journal of Business Ethics 15 (10):1083 - 1093.
Kevin Groves, Charles Vance & Yongsun Paik (2008). Linking Linear/Nonlinear Thinking Style Balance and Managerial Ethical Decision-Making. Journal of Business Ethics 80 (2):305 - 325.
Kathy Lund Dean, Jeri Mullins Beggs & Timothy P. Keane (2010). Mid-Level Managers, Organizational Context, and (Un)Ethical Encounters. Journal of Business Ethics 97 (1):51–69.
Neal M. Ashkanasy, Carolyn A. Windsor & Linda K. Treviño (2006). Bad Apples in Bad Barrels Revisited: Cognitive Moral Development, Just World Beliefs, Rewards, and Ethical Decision-Making. Business Ethics Quarterly 16 (4):449-474.
Justin G. Longenecker (1985). Management Priorities and Management Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 4 (1):65 - 70.
Linda K. Treviño (2006). Bad Apples In Bad Barrels Revisited. Business Ethics Quarterly 16 (4):449-473.
Christopher J. Robertson, William F. Crittenden, Michael K. Brady & James J. Hoffman (2002). Situational Ethics Across Borders: A Multicultural Examination. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 38 (4):327 - 338.
Willie E. Hopkins, Shirley A. Hopkins & Bryant C. Mitchell (2008). Ethical Consistency in Managerial Decisions. Ethics and Behavior 18 (1):26 – 43.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads10 ( #165,643 of 1,410,540 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #178,988 of 1,410,540 )
How can I increase my downloads?