Moral Intuition: Connecting Current Knowledge to Future Organizational Research and Practice

Gary R. Weaver, Scott J. Reynolds, Michael E. Brown

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In contrast to older, conventional accounts that treat ethical decision making and behavior as the result of deliberative and intendedly rational processes, a rapidly growing body of social science research has framed ethical thought and behavior as driven by intuition. We review this important new body of knowledge in terms of both the process and content of moral intuition. Then, to demonstrate its value to organizational scholars, we consider the potential impact of moral intuition research in four areas of organizational studies especially suited to insights from this research: leadership, organizational corruption, ethics training and education, and divestiture socialization. Our review and discussion suggest that the literature on moral intuition is incredibly rich, fruitful, and meaningful to a wide range of audiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-129
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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