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Religiosity, Ethical Ideology, and Intentions to Report a Peer's Wrongdoing

Tim Barnett, Ken Bass and Gene Brown
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 15, No. 11 (Nov., 1996), pp. 1161-1174
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25072841
Page Count: 14
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Religiosity, Ethical Ideology, and Intentions to Report a Peer's Wrongdoing
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Abstract

Peer reporting is a specific form of whistleblowing in which an individual discloses the wrongdoing of a peer. Previous studies have examined situational variables thought to influence a person's decision to report the wrongdoing of a peer. The present study looked at peer reporting from the individual level. Five hypotheses were developed concerning the relationships between (1) religiosity and ethical ideology, (2) ethical ideology and ethical judgments about peer reporting, and (3) ethical judgments and intentions to report peer wrongdoing. Subjects read a vignette concerning academic cheating, and were asked to respond to a questionnaire concerning the vignette. Data were analyzed using structural equation methodology. Results indicated that religiosity was positively associated with an ethical ideology of non-relativism. Individuals whose ethical ideologies could be described as idealistic and non-relativistic were more likely to state that reporting a peer's cheating was ethical. In turn, individuals who believed reporting a peer's cheating was ethical were more likely to say that they would report a peer's cheating.

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