Research Companion to Ethical Behavior in Organizations

Research Companion to Ethical Behavior in Organizations

Constructs and Measures

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Edited by Bradley R. Agle, David W. Hart, Jeffery A. Thompson and Hilary M. Hendricks

Compiling empirical work from management and social science disciplines, the Research Companion to Ethical Behavior in Organizations provides an entry point for academic researchers and compliance officers interested in measuring the moral dimensions of individuals. Accessible to newcomers but geared toward academics, this detailed book catalogs the varied and nuanced constructs used in behavioral ethics, along with measures that assess those constructs. With its cross-disciplinary focus and expert commentary, a varied collection of learned scholars bring essential studies into one volume, creating a resource that promises to enhance the burgeoning field of behavioral ethics.

Chapter 7: Related constructs and measures from beyond the field of ethics

Lyndon E. Garrett, Adrian K. Klemme and Alan L. Wilkins

Subjects: business and management, business ethics and trust, business leadership, research methods in business and management

Extract

This Research Companion introduces some of the most heavily referenced ethics constructs and their corresponding measures. But ethics constructs alone tell only half the story. Many of the constructs referenced in ethics studies originate from outside the ethics domain and thus do not fit neatly into the previous chapters, yet they play an important role in understanding ethical behavior. In this chapter, we compile and organize dozens of ethics-related constructs to make them more accessible to scholars engaged in ethics research. In order to provide a fully integrative view of business ethics, one must incorporate ideas from theology, philosophy, management, economics, sociology, psychology, and even biology (e.g., neuroethics). The topics discussed in this chapter span these varied disciplines, drawing primarily on the areas that appear most relevant to management research. Table 7.1 lists the constructs, definitions, and measures that will be discussed in this chapter. Researchers both knowingly and unknowingly import related concepts into business ethics research. In their models of ethical behavior or decision making, ethics scholars offer many perspectives on how related disciplines should be incorporated in research. In addition, ethics researchers frequently create “new” constructs that, in fact, have already been identified, defined, and measured in other disciplines.

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