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Creating managerial ethical profiles: an exploratory cluster analysis

Casali, Gian Luca (2008) Creating managerial ethical profiles: an exploratory cluster analysis. Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, 13(2), pp. 27-34.

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Abstract

This study profiles managers according to the ethical criteria they bring to their managerial decision making. Profiling was based on exploratory cluster analysis of responses of academics & students and small business managers to a multidimensional questionnaire. The data were collected through a self-reporting survey (n=82) administrated to the two cohorts. An agglomerative hierarchical cluster analysis was then performed to the two groups separately on the 8 ethical subscales from the Managerial Ethical Profile (MEP). Between-groups linkage method and squared binary Euclidean distance measures were used to cluster groups in the given data sets. Five clusters were found as an optimal number for the given data set for one cohort and four for the other cohort. Four clusters were common to both cohorts. The study concluded that a cluster analysis was useful method for finding the natural grouping of not well understood influences of ethical principles in decision making, and their representativeness with common practice. Further study with a larger sample on identifying distinct variables that defined clusters will provide better understanding of ethical principles influencing managerial decision making.

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ID Code: 17127
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: Business Ethics, Ethical Decision Making, Cluster Analysis, Small Business Managers, Academics and Students
ISSN: 1239-2685
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisation and Management Theory (150310)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Business and Organization Ethics Network
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2009 13:40
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2012 08:21

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