Governance Research Digest – July 2012
The study investigates the relationships among moral intensity, perceived ethical issue importance, and three stages of the ethical reasoning process: recognition of an ethical issue, ethical judgment, and ethical intention. Using an internet-based, self-report survey containing two operations management scenarios and various ethics measures, information was collected from business professionals working for a Midwestern financial services organization.
- The hierarchical regression results indicated that some dimensions of moral intensity were positively related to perceived importance of an ethical issue, ethical issue recognition, and ethical judgment.
- Perceived importance of an ethical issue was associated with increased ethical issue recognition and ethical judgment.
- The steps of ethical reasoning were also positively interrelated.
S. Valentine and D. Hollingworth
Journal of Business Ethics, 108 (4), 509-523