How personality and moral identity relate to individuals' ethical ideology

Brent McFerran, Karl Aquino, Michelle Duffy

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Abstract

Two studies tested the relationship between three facets of personality-conscientiousness, agreeableness, and openness to experience-as well as moral identity, on individuals' ethical ideology. Study 1 showed that moral personality and the centrality of moral identity to the self were associated with a more principled (versus expedient) ethical ideology in a sample of female speech therapists. Study 2 replicated these findings in a sample of male and female college students, and showed that ideology mediated the relationship between personality, moral identity, and two organizationally relevant outcomes: organizational citizenship behavior and the propensity to morally disengage. Implications for business ethics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-56
Number of pages22
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

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