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When Empathic Concern and Perspective Taking Matter for Ethical Judgment: The Role of Time Hurriedness


  • Irina Cojuharenco


  • Francesco Sguera


Based on a dual process view of ethical judgment, we examine the role of empathic concern and perspective taking on the acceptability of lying to protect the company. We hypothesize that these traits will matter to a different extent under conditions of high and low perceived time hurriedness. Our research hypotheses are tested in a survey of 134 US workers. Results show that empathic concern reduces the acceptability of lying to protect the company for individuals who tend to do things quickly and feel in a hurry at work. On the other hand, perspective taking reduces the acceptability of lying for individuals who experience low levels of time hurriedness. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Irina Cojuharenco & Francesco Sguera, 2015. "When Empathic Concern and Perspective Taking Matter for Ethical Judgment: The Role of Time Hurriedness," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 130(3), pages 717-725, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:130:y:2015:i:3:p:717-725
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2259-8

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    1. Bagozzi, Richard P. & Sekerka, Leslie E. & Sguera, Francesco, 2018. "Understanding the consequences of pride and shame: How self-evaluations guide moral decision making in business," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 84(C), pages 271-284.
    2. M. Deniz Dalman & Mari W. Buche & Junhong Min, 2019. "The Differential Influence of Identification on Ethical Judgment: The Role of Brand Love," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 158(3), pages 875-891, September.
    3. Francesco Sguera & Richard P. Bagozzi & Quy N. Huy & R. Wayne Boss & David S. Boss, 2018. "The More You Care, the Worthier I Feel, the Better I Behave: How and When Supervisor Support Influences (Un)Ethical Employee Behavior," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 153(3), pages 615-628, December.
    4. Gazi Islam, 2020. "Psychology and Business Ethics: A Multi-level Research Agenda," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 165(1), pages 1-13, August.


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