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Ethical Decision Making by Individuals in Organizations: An Issue-Contingent Model

Thomas M. Jones
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 16, No. 2 (Apr., 1991), pp. 366-395
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/258867
Page Count: 30
Subjects: Sociology Business Management & Organizational Behavior
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Abstract

Existing theoretical models of individual ethical decision making in organizations place little or no emphasis on characteristics of the ethical issue itself. This article (a) proposes an issue-contingent model containing a new set of variables called moral intensity; (b) using concepts, theory, and evidence derived largely from social psychology, argues that moral intensity influences every component of moral decision making and behavior; (c) offers four research propositions; and (d) discusses implications of the theory.

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