Religiosity, Ethical Ideology, and Intentions to Report a Peer's Wrongdoing
Authors: Barnett, T.; Bass, K.; Brown, G.
Source: Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 15, Number 11, November 1996 , pp. 1161-1174(14)
Abstract:Peer reporting is a specific form of whistleblowing in which an individual discloses the wrongdoing of a peer. Previous studies have examined situational variables thought to influence a personÕs decision to report the wrongdoing of a peer. The present study looked at peer reporting from the individual level. Five hypotheses were developed concerning the relationships between (1) religiosity and ethical ideology, (2) ethical ideology and ethical judgments about peer reporting, and (3) ethical judgments and intentions to report peer wrongdoing.
Subjects read a vignette concerning academic cheating, and were asked to respond to a questionnaire concerning the vignette. Data were analyzed using structural equation methodology.
Results indicated that religiosity was positively associated with an ethical ideology of non-relativism. Individuals whose ethical ideologies could be described as idealistic and non-relativistic were more likely to state that reporting a peerÕs cheating was ethical. In turn, individuals who believed reporting a peer's cheating was ethical were more likely to say that they would report a peerÕs cheating.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Management and Marketing, College of Administration & Business, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272, U.S.A.
Publication date: November 1, 1996