Journal of Business Ethics 38 (1-2):179 - 192 (2002)

A recent contribution to the moral decision-making literature argues that individuals' moral behavior is partially shaped by the amount of moral approbation they expect to receive from their moral referent groups (Jones and Ryan, 1997). This paper examines the nature and content of these previously underexamined sources of moral guidance. In an open-ended empirical test of undergraduate business students (n = 369), we found that 1) significant differences exist between individuals' moral referent groups and work-related referent groups, 2) females were more likely than males to include themselves in their moral referent groups, 3) females were more likely than males to be designated as moral referents, and 4) females were more likely to be included in moral referent groups than in work-related referent groups. The paper also includes a general description of the membership of these business subjects' moral referent groups and presents a variety of suggestions for future research.
Keywords gender differences  moral approbation  moral decision making  moral referent groups
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2004
DOI 10.1023/A:1015729231274
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 68,908
External links

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

[Appeal to Parents].[author unknown] - 1893 - Mind 2 (7):420-424.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Students' Ethical Behavior in Iran.Mehran Nejati, Reza Jamali & Mostafa Nejati - 2009 - Journal of Academic Ethics 7 (4):277-285.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
41 ( #273,974 of 2,497,738 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #428,370 of 2,497,738 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes