Validating unethical behaviors

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Recent ethical scandals within the corporate world are a cause of growing concern.In order to explore the relationship between the dimensions of the ECQ and unethical behavior, the factor structure of five previously identified empirical models and the hypothesized nine-dimension model for the ECQ was tested with a confirmatory factor analysis.The analysis revealed that the hypothesized nine-dimension model provided as good or even better fit to the data than the five empirically derived models.Some of these are honest misconceptions, some are intentional distortions, some are self-serving rationalizations, and some, upon examination, simply make no sense at all. It will never be a complete list, and additions are welcome.All of us can benefit from reviewing them from time to time, so that we may detect them in the arguments of others, and be aware of what we are doing when we use them ourselves. The Golden Rationalization, or “Everybody does it” This rationalization has been used to excuse ethical misconduct since the beginning of civilization.On the one hand, lower-class individuals live in environments defined by fewer resources, greater threat, and more uncertainty (2, 3).

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