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Are the Elderly Really Machiavellian? A Reinterpretation of an Unexpected Finding

Peter E. Mudrack
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 13, No. 9 (Sep., 1994), pp. 757-758
Published by: Springer
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Topics: Machiavellianism, Older adults, Business ethics, Mathematical minima
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In an article published recently in the Journal of Business Ethics, Vitell et al. (1991) found that elderly respondents scored surprisingly high on a measure of Machiavellianism. This paper offers an alternative explanation for this unexpected result - it may be an artifact of the survey format employed - and recommends additional research to help clarify the issues raised by Vitell and his colleagues.

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