Title

Methodology in Business Ethics Research: A Review and Critical Assessment

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Abstract

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013. Using 94 published empirical articles in academic journals as a data base, this paper provides a critical review of the methodology employed in the study of ethical beliefs and behavior of organizational members. The review revealed that full methodological detail was provided in less than one half of the articles. Further, the majority of empirical research articles expressed no concern for the reliability or validity of measures, were characterized by low response rates, used convenience samples, and did not offer a theoretic framework, hypotheses, or a definition of ethics. Several recommendations, including a reviewer rating form addressing methodological decisions and inclusion of methodologists on the review panel, are offered to improve methodological rigor in published ethics research.

First Page

191

Last Page

211

Book Title

Citation Classics from The Journal of Business Ethics: Celebrating the First Thirty Years of Publication

Editor

Alex C. Michalos and Deborah C. Poff

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

City

Dordrecht

Series

Advances in Business Ethics Research Ser.

ISBN

9789400741263, 9789400741256

DOI

10.1007/978-94-007-4126-3_10

First Department

School of Business Administration

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