Biblical Scriptures Underlying Six Ethical Models Influencing Organizational Practices Essay

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Biblical Scriptures Underlying Six Ethical Models Influencing Organizational Practices
Author(s): Waymond Rodgers and Susana Gago
Source: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 64, No. 2 (Mar., 2006), pp. 125-136
Published by: Springer
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(2006) 64: 125-136
Journal of Business Ethics
DOI
10.1007/sl0551-005-0657-7

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Biblical Scriptures Underlying
Ethical Models
Influencing

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KEY WORDS:

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for a conceptual model that helps explain demanding decision makers' different processing phases as weU as influencing their ethical based choices
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1990). A report by
Skaggs, 1998; Jones, 1991; Kahn, the American
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Public Accoun tants (AICPA, for Eco
1994) and Organization
1997)
relevant

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Co-operation
that companies concluded should performance measures

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(OECD, disclose business

storm is the core issue processes. At the center ofthe of organizations playing by their own self-interested rules thereby resulting in debilitating ethical behav ior (Aristole, 1984).
A Throughput Model is presented and financial other forms depict in this paper to of information

Waymond Rodgers is a professor of the A. Gary Anderson
Graduate School ofManagement, University of California,
Riverside, CA, USA.
Susana Gago is an associateprofessor affiliated with Social and
Law Sciences School, Carlos III University ofGetafe (Madrid),
Spain.

at dif decision makers' processes interacting with ferent phases of processing. The Throughput Model is a conceptualization of an individual's perception
(avaUable
(problem framing and biases), information to the individual), judgment
(analysis), and decision choice. Such a model is important in highlighting the influence of ethical behavior model dominant to a are decision. That there several is, pathways to a decision, and the ethical position wiU is taken. Further, strongly influence which pathway we believe that perceptual biases and information selection are influenced by decision makers' philo are differences of There sophical ethical position.

Introduction

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about how many opinion phases and subroutines within the phases there are and the order in which occur How
1987;
Simon, phases (Hogarth,
1957).
ever, at least four dominant phases appear with some are (a) Percep in the Hterature. These consistency tion (P), (b) Information Gathering
(I), (c) Analyzes of Information

and Processing
(i.e., judgment -J),
Decision
Choices
(d)
(D).
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