Individual Differences in Ethical Decision Making
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The aim of this study was to examine individual differences in ethical decision making. To test this, participants’ Locus of Control and Machiavellianism scores were collected along with the frequency to which they sought different media sources for news, their knowledge of unethical and ethical situations that have occurred in New Zealand and Internationally within the last ten years, and individuals’ decision times to ethical dilemmas. Participants were undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Canterbury, who ranged in age from 18 to 50. The study found that the frequency to which an individual seeks information from media sources is a good predictor of their decision time when responding to ethical dilemmas, and the amount of knowledge they had of unethical and ethical situations.