An empirical study of ethical predispositions

Journal of Business Ethics 15 (9):927-940 (1996)
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Using a two-part instrument consisting of eight vignettes and twenty character traits, the study sampled 141 employees of a mid-west financial firm regarding their predispositions to prefer utilitarian or formalist forms of ethical reasoning. In contrast with earlier studies, we found that these respondents did not prefer utilitarian reasoning. Several other hypotheses were tested involving the relationship between people's preferences for certain types of solutions to issues and the forms of reasoning they use to arrive at those solutions; the nature of the relationship between utilitarian and formalist categories ; and the possibility of measuring ethical predispositions using different methods



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