Business Ethics Index: USA 2006
This study continues the systematic measurement of consumersâ€™ sentiments toward business ethical practices first measured in 2004. The Business Ethics Index (BEI) comprises the four measurements representing the dimensions of â€œpersonalâ€“vicariousâ€\x9D and â€œpastâ€“futureâ€\x9D. A professional telephone interviewing company was hired to collect five consecutive waves of 1045 telephone interviews in an omnibus procedure. The collection of the five waves represented a sampling process which enables the creation of confidence intervals for this, and subsequent, measurements of the BEI. The overall BEI fell to 102.6 (from a revized 108.7 in 2004). The drop was attributed to a fall in consumer expectations of the future ethical behavior of business. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007
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