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The impact of cognitive expenditure on the ethical decision-making process: The cognition elaboration model.

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Scott Geiger

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January 2001

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November 2011


The extent to which decision-makers are willing and able to purposely expend cognitive effort in resolving ethical issues is an important area of study in the ethical decision-making literature. In this article we describe the role that cognitive expenditure is expected to play in the ethical decision-making process by presenting an integrated model of ethical decision-making. This model provides the foundation for a series of research propositions suggesting the manner in which purposive cognitive expenditure is expected to influence the ethical decision process and, ultimately, the likelihood of engaging in moral behavior.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 86(2), 256-277. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.




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