ERIC Number: ED344139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Priming and Organizational Level Effects on Ethical Decision Making.
Lautenschlager, Gary; Morris, Debbie
The study of ethical decision making has gained considerable interest among organizational scientists due to the widespread occurrence of wrongdoing in business, industry, government and various other institutions. This study examined the effects of priming and organizational level manipulation on an individual's ethical decision-making behavior. Paulhus' (1988) Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding, Version 6-Form W (BIDR) was used as the priming manipulation. The BIDR measures two components of socially desirable responding: impression management and self-deception. The organizational level of the person was also manipulated so that the person responsible for the unethical act was either at the same level as the subject or at a higher level. College students (N=51) engaged in an inbasket decision-making exercise where two of the memos involved ethical issues. A 2x2 analysis of variance revealed that a significant interaction was present between person and priming. Examination of the means suggested that when subjects were primed they were most likely to act ethically when someone of their own organizational level was the wrongdoer. However, subjects who were not primed were more likely to act ethically when someone at a higher organizational level was the wrongdoer. No significant main effects were found for priming or organizational level. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Organizational Level
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (38th, Knoxville, TN, March 25-28, 1992).