David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 72 (1):27 - 39 (2007)
The factor structure of the Multidimensional Ethics Scale (MES; Reidenbach and Robin: 1988, Journal of Business Ethics 7, 871–879; 1990, Journal of Business Ethics 9, 639–653) was examined for the 8-item short form (N = 328) and the original 30-item pool (N = 260). The objectives of the study were: to verify the dimensionality of the MES; to increase the amount of true cross-scenario variance through the use of 18 scenarios varying in moral intensity (Jones: 1991, Academy of Management Review 16, 366–395); and, to examine the items for measurement precision using item-response theory (IRT) methods. Results of confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis failed to conclusively support the hypothesized 3- (short form) or 5-factor (long form) structure; both instruments were instead dominated by a general factor. Item response theory analyses using Samejima’s (1969, Psychometrika Monograph Supplement 34, (4, Pt. 2)) graded response model revealed that many items in the 30-item pool performed very well, and suggested that a different collection of items be used to form a short-form version of the MES. Our proposed 10-item instrument includes more discriminating items than the 8-item version, and has the added advantage of including two items from each of the five ethical philosophies represented in the original 30-item pool.
|Keywords||ethical decision-making ethical judgment factor analysis multidimensional ethics scale|
|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
Johanna Kujala, Anna-Maija Lämsä & Katriina Penttilä (2011). Managers' Moral Decision-Making Patterns Over Time: A Multidimensional Approach. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 100 (2):191 - 207.
Eileen Z. Taylor & Mary B. Curtis (2010). An Examination of the Layers of Workplace Influences in Ethical Judgments: Whistleblowing Likelihood and Perseverance in Public Accounting. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 93 (1):21 - 37.
Peter E. Mudrack, James M. Bloodgood & William H. Turnley (2012). Some Ethical Implications of Individual Competitiveness. Journal of Business Ethics 108 (3):347-359.
Nhung T. Nguyen & Michael D. Biderman (2008). Studying Ethical Judgments and Behavioral Intentions Using Structural Equations: Evidence From the Multidimensional Ethics Scale. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 83 (4):627 - 640.
Peter E. Mudrack & E. Sharon Mason (2013). Ethical Judgments: What Do We Know, Where Do We Go? [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 115 (3):575-597.
Similar books and articles
John M. Etheredge (1999). The Perceived Role of Ethics and Social Responsibility: An Alternative Scale Structure. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 18 (1):51 - 64.
James Weber (1996). Welcoming Another CMD Instrument—The MES. Business Ethics Quarterly 6 (4):517-522.
R. Eric Reidenbach & Donald P. Robin (1993). A Comment on 'a Multidimensional Scale for Measuring Business Ethics: A Purification and Refinement'. Journal of Business Ethics 12 (8):663 - 664.
Randall S. Hansen (1992). A Multidimensional Scale for Measuring Business Ethics: A Purification and Refinement. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 11 (7):523 - 534.
T. Nguyen Nhung, William M. Tom Basuray, Donald Kopka P. Smith & Donald McCulloh (2008). Moral Issues and Gender Differences in Ethical Judgment Using Reidenbach and Robin's (1990) Multidimensional Ethics Scale: Implications in Teaching of Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 77 (4).
Nhung T. Nguyen, M. Tom Basuray, William P. Smith, Donald Kopka & Donald McCulloh (2008). Moral Issues and Gender Differences in Ethical Judgment Using Reidenbach and Robin's (1990) Multidimensional Ethics Scale: Implications in Teaching of Business Ethics. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 77 (4):417 - 430.
Robert Skipper & Michael R. Hyman (1993). On Measuring Ethical Judgments. Journal of Business Ethics 12 (7):535 - 545.
Jeffrey Cohen, Laurie Pant & David Sharp (1993). A Validation and Extension of a Multidimensional Ethics Scale. Journal of Business Ethics 12 (1):13 - 26.
Joan M. McMahon & Robert J. Harvey (2006). An Analysis of the Factor Structure of Jones' Moral Intensity Construct. Journal of Business Ethics 64 (4):381 - 404.
R. E. Reidenbach & D. P. Robin (1990). Toward the Development of a Multidimensional Scale for Improving Evaluations of Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 9 (8):639 - 653.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #198,838 of 1,692,210 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #184,284 of 1,692,210 )
How can I increase my downloads?