Ethical decision–making: A multidimensional construct

Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility 12 (1):88–107 (2003)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Poor ethical decision–making costs industry billions of dollars a year and damages the images of corporations. Thus, by answering the question ‘Why do individuals behave as they do when confronted with ethical issues?’ ethical theory can provide businesses with a means to create a more ethical climate and a more successful operation. This study tested the Ethical Decision–Making Model with accountability (Beu & Buckley 2001), which uses theory that suggests that ethical behavior is influenced by the individual, the issue, social relationships (accountability), and the organization in which the employee is embedded (Brass, Butterfield & Skaggs 1988; Frink & Klimoski 1998). The results showed that individuals’ thought processes (cognitive moral development), personalities (locus of control, hostility and aggression, Machiavellianism), and gender influence how they respond to ethical dilemmas, as well as the salience of the moral issue (moral intensity) and the environmental context (work/school).



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,354

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Ethical decision–making: a multidimensional construct.M. Ronald Buckley Danielle S. Beu - 2003 - Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility 12 (1):88-107.
Emotion and ethical decision-making in organizations.Alice Gaudine & Linda Thorne - 2001 - Journal of Business Ethics 31 (2):175 - 187.
The Role of Law in Models of Ethical Behavior.Sandra L. Christensen - 2007 - Journal of Business Ethics 77 (4):451-461.
Ethical Decision-Making of Accounting Students.Shireenjit Johl, Beverley Jackling & Grace Wong - 2012 - Journal of Business Ethics Education 9:51-78.


Added to PP

78 (#210,346)

6 months
11 (#346,311)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Michael Buckley
Lehman College (CUNY)
Michael Harvey
Birkbeck College