Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Lynn K. Harland
Cary S. Ryan
This research explores the roles that values, conscientiousness, and self-efficacy play in ethical decision-making. Although previous research has shown that values affect ethical decision-making, few researchers have evaluated the effect that conscientiousness has on ethical decision-making. Research has evaluated the effect that self-efficacy has on ethical decision-making, but a relationship has not been found. The current study hypothesizes that individuals high in self-transcendence values will make more ethical decisions than individuals high in self-enhancement values. Also, individuals high in conscientiousness are expected to make more ethical decisions than individuals low in conscientiousness. Third, individuals high in self-efficacy are expected to make more ethical decisions than individuals low in self-efficacy. Finally, values are expected to moderate the relationship that conscientiousness and self-efficacy have on ethical decision-making. The study was conducted on 148 students enrolled in graduate business courses. The results revealed that values affected ethical decision-making. Individuals high in self-enhancement values made less ethical organizational decisions.
Young, Marcy, "The effect of values, conscientiousness, and self-efficacy on ethical decision-making" (2006). Student Work. 324.
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