Journal of Business Ethics 16 (5):473 - 484 (1997)

The study ascertained (1) whether an observer's scope of justice with reference to either the moral agent or the target person of a moral act, would affect his/her judgements of the ethicality of the act, and (2) whether observer judgements of ethicality parallel the moral agent's decision processes in systematically evaluating the intensity of the moral issue. A scenario approach was used. Results affirmed both research questions. Discussions covered the implications of the findings for the underlying cognitive processes of moral judgements, for the link between judgements of fairness and ethicality, as well as for the debate of ethical absolutism versus relativism.
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