Testing the value-pragmatics hypothesis in unethical compliance

Journal of Business Ethics 87 (4):463 - 476 (2009)
We test conformity-related values applying the value-pragmatics hypothesis by evaluating how personal values related to compliance moderate the relationships between situational factors and unethical decisions. We examine the direct and indirect effects of the values of traditionalism, conformity, and stimulation, as they combine with the situational factors of rewards and punishments in the person–situation interaction model. We find strong support for the value-pragmatics view of ethical decision making and further build support for the person–situation interaction model.
Keywords person–situation interaction model  ethical decision making  conformity  value-pragmatics
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