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Good Ethics Is Good for Business: Ethical Attributions and Response to Environmental Advertising

Joel J. Davis
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 13, No. 11 (Nov., 1994), pp. 873-885
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25072600
Page Count: 13
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Good Ethics Is Good for Business: Ethical Attributions and Response to Environmental Advertising
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Abstract

Researchers have used attribution theory as a basis for exploring the relationship between consumers' inferences of advertiser motivation (attributions) and advertising response. This study postulated the existence of two new types of attributions which relate to the perceived ethics of the advertiser (advertiser ethical attributions) and the advertising message (message ethical attributions). Research conducted among a nationally representative sample of 273 adults: (1) verified the existence of both advertiser and message ethical attributions, (2) demonstrated the independence of advertiser and message ethical attributions both from each other and from other measures of advertiser and message evaluation, (3) identified the specific advertising characteristics which lead to the formation of each type of ethical attribution and (4) demonstrated a significant relationship between advertiser and message ethical attributions and measures of advertising response.

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