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Fairness, Feelings, and Ethical Decision Making: Consequences of Violating Community Standards of Fairness
Journal of Business Ethics
  • Maurice Schweitzer
  • Donald E. Gibson, Fairfield University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2008
Disciplines
Abstract
In this article, we describe the influence of violations of community standards of fairness (Kahneman, Knetsch, and Thaler, 1986a) on subsequent ethical decision-making and emotions. Across two studies, we manipulated explanations for a common action, and we find that explanations that violate community standards of fairness (e.g., by taking advantage of an increase in market power) lead to greater intentions to behave unethically than explanations that are consistent with community standards of fairness (e.g., by passing along a price increase). We find that perceptions of justifiability mediate this relationship. We also find that individuals derive significant psychological benefits (greater satisfaction, greater happiness, and reduced anger) from engaging in unethical behavior following perceived violations of fairness.
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Copyright 2008 Springer, Journal of Business Ethics

Published Citation
Schweitzer, Maurice; Gibson, Donald E.. 'Fairness, Feelings, and Ethical Decision Making: Consequences of Violating Community Standards of Fairness.' Journal of Business Ethics 77.3 (2008): 287-301.
DOI
10.1007/s10551-007-9350-3
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Peer Reviewed
Citation Information
Maurice Schweitzer and Donald E. Gibson. "Fairness, Feelings, and Ethical Decision Making: Consequences of Violating Community Standards of Fairness" Journal of Business Ethics Vol. 77 Iss. 3 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/donald_gibson/7/