Moral Competency Inventory Validation: Content, Construct, Convergent and Discriminant Approaches

Management Research Review, Vol. 33, No. 5, pp. 437-451, 2010

27 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2011

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Daniel E. Martin

California State University, East Bay

Benjamin Austin

California State University, East Bay

Date Written: February 11, 2010

Abstract

Purpose: Our research fulfills three purposes: 1) introduce practitioners to the appropriate use of measures of unethical behavior; 2) evaluate the use of integrity related assessments for use in personnel selection; and 3) determine the validity of the MCI instrument using standard validation procedures.

Methodology: Content, construct, convergent and discriminant approaches are applied to establish the relative validity of the assessment tool.

Findings: The results of the MCI purport to align with one’s moral values and behaviors. We establish face validity of the MCI measure, but fail to establish: 1) an appropriate simple factor structure, 2) convergent validity, 3) discriminant validity, and 4) support for the lack of impact of demographic factors on the purported measure of Moral intelligence.

Research limitations: An acceptable but constrained (working students) sample was used in the validation.

Practical implications: Researchers and practitioners should be familiar with psychometric principles to ensure the use of valid tools in a predictive and defensible manner. New measures can be developed, but should be validated before used for developmental or personnel decision making purposes.

Originality value: 1) The lack of validity associated with the MCI instrument is established; 2) Researchers and practitioners are exposed to considerations in the appropriate use of measures of unethical behavior, and 3) exposed to several previously validated integrity related assessments for use in personnel decision making.

Keywords: Moral Competency Inventory, Validation, Integrity, Responsibility, Ethics, Psychometrics, Validity

Suggested Citation

Martin, Daniel E. and Austin, Benjamin, Moral Competency Inventory Validation: Content, Construct, Convergent and Discriminant Approaches (February 11, 2010). Management Research Review, Vol. 33, No. 5, pp. 437-451, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1739053

Daniel E. Martin (Contact Author)

California State University, East Bay ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.csueastbay.edu

Benjamin Austin

California State University, East Bay

25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA California 94542
United States

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