Moral disengagement and moral judgment: the roles of moral endorsement, shareholder-value orientation, and intensity of moral issues

Nancy Yi-Feng CHEN, Fuan LI, Shan FENG, Sixue ZHANG*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

Abstract

Previous research demonstrates the critical role moral disengagement plays in unethical decision-making. This study investigates the relationships among moral endorsement, shareholder-value orientation, moral disengagement, and moral judgment on issues of different moral intensities. The results of a scenario-based survey conducted in China confirm the negative (positive) impact of moral disengagement (moral intensity) on moral judgment. The findings reveal that both moral endorsement and shareholder-value orientation of decision-makers significantly influence moral judgment and that moral intensity moderates the relationships between moral endorsement and moral judgment, and between shareholder-value orientation and moral disengagement. The study’s theoretical contributions, managerial implications, and limitations are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalEthics and Behavior
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Apr 2020

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by Lingnan University under Grant DB16A8.

Keywords

  • Moral disengagement
  • intensity of moral issues
  • moral endorsement
  • moral judgment
  • shareholder-value orientation

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Moral disengagement and moral judgment: the roles of moral endorsement, shareholder-value orientation, and intensity of moral issues'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this