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Ethical decision making in organizations: the role of leadership stress

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Selart, Marcus; Johansen, Svein Tvedt

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Abstract Across two studies the hypotheses were tested that stressful situations affect both leadership ethical acting and leaders’ recognition of ethical dilemmas. In the studies, decision makers recruited from 3 sites of a Swedish multinational civil engineering company provided personal data on stressful situations, made ethical decisions, and answered to stress-outcome questions. Stressful situations were observed to have a greater impact on ethical acting than on the recognition of ethical dilemmas. This was particularly true for situations involving punishment and lack of rewards. The results are important for the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of an organization, especially with regard to the analysis of the stressors influencing managerial work and its implications for ethical behavior.
Keywords decision making; business ethics; workload; behavior; decision; business management; moral judgement; value-orientation; corporate social responibility; stress; multinational corporations
Classification Management Science; Sociology of Economics
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 129-143
Journal Journal of Business Ethics, 99 (2011) 2
ISSN 1573-0697
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike