Dilemmas, conspiracies, and Sophie’s choice: vignette themes and ethical judgments

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dc.contributor.author Mudrack, Peter E.
dc.contributor.author Mason, E. Sharon
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-12T19:26:37Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-12T19:26:37Z
dc.date.issued 2014-02-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/17161
dc.description.abstract Knowledge about ethical judgments has not advanced appreciably after decades of research. Such research, however, has rarely addressed the possible importance of the content of such judgments; that is, the material appearing in the brief vignettes or scenarios on which survey respondents base their evaluations. Indeed, this content has seemed an afterthought in most investigations. This paper closely examined the vast array of vignettes that have appeared in relevant research in an effort to reduce this proliferation to a more concise set of overarching vignette themes. Six generic themes emerged from this process, labeled here as Dilemma, Classic, Conspiracy, Sophie’s Choice, Runaway Trolley, and Whistle Blowing. Each of these themes is characterized by a unique combination of four key factors that include the extent of protagonist personal benefit from relevant vignette activities and victim salience in vignette descriptions. Theme identification enabled inherent ambiguities in vignettes that threaten construct validity to come into sharp focus, provided clues regarding appropriate vignette construction, and may help to make sense of patterns of empirical findings that heretofore have seemed difficult to explain. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10551-012-1611-0 en_US
dc.rights The final publication is available at link.springer.com en_US
dc.subject Ethical judgments en_US
dc.subject Vignette themes en_US
dc.subject Literature Review en_US
dc.title Dilemmas, conspiracies, and Sophie’s choice: vignette themes and ethical judgments en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2013 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1611-0 en_US
dc.citation.epage 653 en_US
dc.citation.issue 3 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Business Ethics en_US
dc.citation.spage 639 en_US
dc.citation.volume 118 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid pmudrack en_US


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