Department of Education Studies
How can a deontological decision lead to moral behavior? The moderating role of moral identity
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Deontology and utilitarianism are two competing principles that guide our moral judgment. Recently, deontology is thought to be intuitive and is based on an error-prone and biased approach, whereas utilitarianism is relatively reflective and a suitable framework for making decision. In this research, the authors explored the relationship among moral identity, moral decision, and moral behavior to see how a preference for the deontological solution can lead to moral behavior. In study 1, a Web-based survey demonstrated that when making decisions, individuals who viewed themselves as moral people preferred deontological ideals to the utilitarian framework. In study 2, the authors investigated the effect of moral identity and moral decision on moral behavior in an experimental study. The results showed that when deontology was coupled with the motivational power of moral identity, individuals were most likely to behave morally.
Deontology, Ethical predispositions, Moral behavior, Moral decision, Moral identity, Utilitarianism
Source Publication Title
Journal of Business Ethics
Link to Publisher's Edition
Xu, Z., & Ma, H. (2015). How can a deontological decision lead to moral behavior? The moderating role of moral identity. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2576-6