The impact of cognitive expenditure on the ethical decision-making process: The cognition elaboration model.
The extent to which decision-makers are willing and able to purposely expend cognitive effort in resolving ethical issues is an important area of study in the ethical decision-making literature. In this article we describe the role that cognitive expenditure is expected to play in the ethical decision-making process by presenting an integrated model of ethical decision-making. This model provides the foundation for a series of research propositions suggesting the manner in which purposive cognitive expenditure is expected to influence the ethical decision process and, ultimately, the likelihood of engaging in moral behavior.
Street, M.D., Douglas, S.C., Geiger, S.W. & Martinko, M.J. (2001). The impact of cognitive expenditure on the ethical decision-making process: The cognition elaboration model. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 86(2), 256-277.
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