The Conceptual Model of Personal Moral Philosophy (PMP) and Ethical Decision Making (EDM)

Cynthia Ling Meng Chan


The purpose of this study is to develop a conceptual model to examine the two dimensions of personal moral philosophy (Idealism and Relativism) and its influences on the Ethical Decision Making. The study use the Forsyth's Taxonomy of Personal Moral Philosophy and the Rest's Ethical Decision Making Model serves as the starting points to develop the conceptual model. Two dimensions of PMP and 4 main components of Ethical Decision Making were used to construct the model from the extensive literature. The developed model will provide the base for assessing the level of Ethical Decision Making by studying the influences of the level of Personal Moral Philosophy. This finding further the insight of the understanding of the philosophical and ethical analysis of managerial dilemmas. The model provides an insightful for the analysis of Personal Moral Philosophy on Ethical Decision Making. The model examines the independent influences of Personal Moral Philosophy on Ethical Decision Making and treats Ethical Decision Making as dependent variables. Given that Ethical Decision Making are often detrimental to organizational functional efficiency, it is appropriate for the management to have better understanding to diagnose effects of the Personal Moral Philosophy on the Ethical Decision Making. For this analysis, this model will prove valuable.

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