Environmental factors influencing on ethical decision making of novice businesses

Document Type : Research Paper



Conditions and quality of ethical decision making by entrepreneurs is an important concern in academic and public area in Iran. Different factors such as personal, environmental and nature of business are causing the ethical decision making by entrepreneurs, but the concern have to great attention in Iranian academic institutions. Thus, research goal is try to identify environmental factors influence on ethical decision-making in novice businesses. In order to do so, survey method and questionnaire technique were used to gather data related with transportation and experimental equipment and about 150 novice businesses. Friedman and structural equation modeling techniques were used to analyze data. The research findings show that cultural-social environments have most impact and human-religious values have least effect on ethical decision-making by entrepreneurs. Also the research findings show that utilitarian reasoning in combine with ethical relativism have the highest rank in ethical decision making by owners and managers of novice business.


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