Insights into Ethical Decision Making Activities and Organizational Performance: A Management Simulation Analysis of College Students and Managers

Daniel F. Jennings, Tammy G. Hunt, Paul D. Cretien


This empirical study examines the relationship between organizational performance and the ethical conduct of managers. Professional managers and college students participated in a management simulation, providing a rich, realistic, yet controllable environment to observe the relationships between ethics and team performance. Hypotheses tested ethical decision making against team financial performance, environmental conditions, team age, and team type. Three of five hypotheses were supported.

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