Exploring Antecedents Of Unethical Business Decisions

American Journal of Business Education (AJBE)

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Title Exploring Antecedents Of Unethical Business Decisions
 
Creator O'Connor, Genevieve
Nejad, Mohammad
Estelami, Hooman
 
Description Adhering to recent arguments that unethical decision making is driven by the underlying psychological processes, the purpose of this study is to investigate the role of individual psychographics (i.e., cognitive style, decision confidence, emotional intelligence, and attitude toward risk) in ethical decision making within a business context. Using a novel approach, the researchers capture ethical decision making using a computer-simulated market context and couple the results with survey data. The results of the regression analysis reveal that an individual’s cognitive style, decision confidence, emotional intelligence, and attitude toward risk play a significant role in ethical decision making. Participants with an analytical cognitive style were less likely to engage in unethical means to accomplish business objectives compared to those with intuitive or adaptive cognitive styles. Similarly, greater confidence in decision making, higher emotional intelligence, and a greater preference for risk were also found to increase the chances that an individual avoids engaging in unethical decision making. Finally, the effect of cognitive style was found to be stronger than the other factors examined in this research. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
 
Publisher Clute Institute
 
Date 2020-04-01
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://clutejournals.com/index.php/AJBE/article/view/10369
 
Source American Journal of Business Education (AJBE); Vol. 13 No. 2 (2020); 27-40
1942-2512
1942-2504
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://clutejournals.com/index.php/AJBE/article/view/10369/10420
 

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