Title

Moral judgment in a business setting : the role of managers’ moral foundation, ideology, and level of moral development

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asia Pacific Journal of Management

Publication Date

3-1-2018

Volume

35

Issue

1

First Page

121

Last Page

143

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Keywords

Business ethics in China, Idealism, Moral development, Moral foundation, Moral judgment, Relativism

Abstract

Despite the extensive research conducted on moral judgment, the role of moral foundations in moral judgment in business has largely been overlooked. Motivated by the increasing concern about the ethical issues observed in China, this study aims to examine the impact of moral foundations on Chinese managers’ moral judgment while simultaneously looking into the role of moral ideology and the level of managers’ moral development. A sample survey was conducted in Shanghai, China, which involved 451 practicing business managers who were pursuing their MBA degree in a nearby university at the time of data collection. Both structural equation modeling (SEM) and hierarchical regression were used in data analyses. The results reveal that individualizing moral foundations and moral idealism have significant positive impacts on moral judgment. Moreover, the findings indicate that moral relativism and levels of mangers’ moral development moderate the relationship between individualizing moral foundations and moral judgment with the impact of individualizing moral foundations being stronger when managers’ relativism is low rather high or when their moral development is high than it is low. The managerial implications of the research and future research direction are discussed.

DOI

10.1007/s10490-017-9529-9

Print ISSN

02174561

E-ISSN

15729958

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Recommended Citation

Li, F., Chao, M. C.-h., Chen, N. Y.-f., & Zhang, S. (2018). Moral judgment in a business setting: The role of managers’ moral foundation, ideology, and level of moral development. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 35(1), 121-143. doi: 10.1007/s10490-017-9529-9

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