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The impact of intrinsic and extrinsic religiosity on ethical decision-making in management in a non-Western and highly religious country


  • Tariq, Samia
  • Ansari, Nighat G.
  • Alvi, Tariq Hameed


The primary purpose of this study was to explore the indirect effect of intrinsic religiosity and extrinsic religiosity on ethical intention through ethical judgment. A review of the literature shows the need for more research at the intersection of religiosity and ethics, especially in non-Western, highly religious contexts. This research, therefore, addresses the research question: Do intrinsic religiosity and extrinsic religiosity indirectly impact ethical intention through influencing the ethical judgment of management professionals? Data were gathered from members of the Management Association of Pakistan through a questionnaire. Pearson correlation results show the overall trend between the constructs of interest. Multiple regression results show that both intrinsic religiosity and extrinsic religiosity are significant positive predictors of ethical judgment. Ethical judgment was also found to be a significant, positive predictor of ethical intention. The main contribution of the study is evidence that ethical judgment acts as a mediator between religiosity (whether intrinsic or extrinsic) and ethical intention in a non-Western highly religious context. This research also found that intrinsic religiosity impacts ethical intention directly as well as indirectly through ethical judgment, but extrinsic religiosity influences ethical intention only through its effect on ethical judgment. We discuss our results along with practical and research implications, and limitations of this research are highlighted to guide future research.

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  • Tariq, Samia & Ansari, Nighat G. & Alvi, Tariq Hameed, 2019. "The impact of intrinsic and extrinsic religiosity on ethical decision-making in management in a non-Western and highly religious country," MPRA Paper 96971, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:96971

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    Religiosity. Intrinsic religiosity . Extrinsic religiosity. Ethical decision-making . Non-Western highly religious contexts . Indirect effect;

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    • M0 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General


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