The ethical dimensions of decision processes of employees

Irene Roozen, Patrick De Pelsmacker, Frank Bostyn

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The influence of stakeholders, organisational commitment, personal values, goals of the organisation and socio-demographic characteristics of individuals on the ethical dimension of behavioural intentions of employees in various organisations are investigated. The research results show that employees working for the public sector or in educational institutions take more ethical aspects into account than employees working in the "private" sector. The influence of stakeholders and organisational commitment do not significantly affect the ethical behaviour of employees, and only some personal values and goals of the organisation have a significant influence on ethical behaviour. The most significant explanatory factor of ethical decision making seems to be what may be called "stage in the career of the employee": "ethical" employees can be described as young, with a relatively low income, limited work experience and a low level of responsibility in the company.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-99
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjoint analysis
  • Ethical dimension in the decision processes
  • Organisational goals and organisational commitment
  • Personal values
  • Stake-holders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law


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