Constructs and Measures
Edited by Bradley R. Agle, David W. Hart, Jeffery A. Thompson and Hilary M. Hendricks
Chapter 7: Related constructs and measures from beyond the field of ethics
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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