Villains, Victims, and Verisimilitudes: An Exploratory Study of Unethical Corporate Values, Bullying Experiences, Psychopathy, and Selling Professionals’ Ethical Reasoning

Journal of Business Ethics, 2016, Forthcoming

Posted: 24 Dec 2015

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Sean Valentine

University of North Dakota - College of Business & Public Administration

Gary Fleischman

Texas Tech University

Lynn Godkin

Independent

Date Written: December 15, 2015

Abstract

This study assesses the relationships among unethical corporate values, bullying experiences, psychopathy, and selling professionals’ ethical evaluations of bullying. Information was collected from national/regional samples of selling professionals. Results indicated that unethical values, bullying, and psychopathy were positively interrelated. Psychopathy and unethical values were negatively associated with moral intensity, while moral intensity was positively related to ethical issue importance. Psychopathy and unethical values were negatively related to issue importance, and issue importance and moral intensity were positively related to ethical judgment. Finally, ethical judgment and moral intensity were positively linked to ethical intention; psychopathy was negatively associated with ethical intention.

Keywords: Workplace bullying, psychopathy, corporate ethical values, ethical reasoning

Suggested Citation

Valentine, Sean and Fleischman, Gary and Godkin, Lynn, Villains, Victims, and Verisimilitudes: An Exploratory Study of Unethical Corporate Values, Bullying Experiences, Psychopathy, and Selling Professionals’ Ethical Reasoning (December 15, 2015). Journal of Business Ethics, 2016, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707248

Sean Valentine (Contact Author)

University of North Dakota - College of Business & Public Administration ( email )

Grand Forks, ND 58105
United States

Gary Fleischman

Texas Tech University ( email )

2500 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

Lynn Godkin

Independent ( email )

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