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Because of pressure from his brokerage firm, a stockbroker recommended a type of bond which he did not consider to be a good investment.
1: Never Ethical
61.78%
2
14.01%
3: Sometimes Ethical
10.19%
4
1.27%
5: Always Ethical
12.74%
Mean: 1.89
Research Mean: 1.48
Source: Longenecker, McKinney, & Moore (2004). Journal of Business Ethics.
A company paid a $350,000 "consulting" fee to an official of a foreign country. In return, the official promised assistance in obtaining a contract which should produce $10 million profit for the contracting company.
1: Never Ethical
41.56%
2
7.79%
3: Sometimes Ethical
20.78%
4
7.79%
5: Always Ethical
22.08%
Mean: 2.61
Research Mean: 2.94
Source: Longenecker, McKinney, & Moore (2004). Journal of Business Ethics.
An employer received applications for a supervisor's position from two equally qualified applicants but hired the male applicant because he thought that some employees might resent being supervised by a female.
1: Never Ethical
55.73%
2
14.58%
3: Sometimes Ethical
18.23%
4
2.08%
5: Always Ethical
9.38%
Mean: 1.95
Research Mean: 2.72
Source: Longenecker, McKinney, & Moore (2004). Journal of Business Ethics.
A comptroller selected a legal method of financial reporting which concealed some embarrassing financial facts which would otherwise have become public knowledge.
1: Never Ethical
48.15%
2
14.44%
3: Sometimes Ethical
22.22%
4
5.56%
5: Always Ethical
9.63%
Mean: 2.14
Research Mean: Not Published
Source: Longenecker, McKinney, & Moore (2004). Journal of Business Ethics.
A corporation increased the annual compensation of its CEO from $5 million to $9 million over a four-year period in which profits declined and the dividend was cut.
1: Never Ethical
57.29%
2
16.58%
3: Sometimes Ethical
20.10%
4
3.02%
5: Always Ethical
3.02%
Mean: 1.59
Research Mean: Not Published
Source: Longenecker, McKinney, & Moore (2004). Journal of Business Ethics.
As part of the marketing strategy for a product,the producer changed its color and marketed it as "new and improved," even though its other characteristics were unchanged.
1: Never Ethical
60.94%
2
20.31%
3: Sometimes Ethical
7.81%
4
4.69%
5: Always Ethical
6.25%
Mean: 1.6
Research Mean: Not Published
Source: Longenecker, McKinney, & Moore (2004). Journal of Business Ethics.
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