A quest for ethical decision making : searching for the holy grail, and finding the sacred trinity in ethical decision-making by managers

Casali, Gian Luca (2007) A quest for ethical decision making : searching for the holy grail, and finding the sacred trinity in ethical decision-making by managers. Social Responsibility Journal, 3(3), pp. 50-59.

View at publisher


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify what ethical framework(s) small business managers use in making decisions, and whether they differ from those drawn on by the wider community? Design/methodology/approach – A scale for managerial ethical decision-making has been used, targeting small business people and academics and students in Australia. This scale was piloted in a geographical test community in Queensland Australia. Targeted respondents were asked to fill in the self-assessment survey (MEP). A quantitative evaluation of the results was carried out by measuring variance between eight ethical variables by ANOVA (analysis of variance). Findings – This study found statistically significant differences in the ethical decision-making profile of business and non-business decision makers. Contrary to expectations, small business people do not hold economical return as the most important factor in making managerial decisions to the exclusion of other more ethical criteria. There are, however, significant differences between small business people and academics and students in relation to which ethical principles are the most important when making a decision. Originality/value – A new scale has been developed and validated to profile the ethical style of managers. From this tools can be further developed for self-assessment or by organizations wanting to profile the ethical styles of their managers.

Impact and interest:

0 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

1,158 since deposited on 27 Nov 2007
61 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 10979
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1108/17471110710835581
ISSN: 1747-1117
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Emerald
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2013 22:57

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page