Only when jobs involved making ethical compromises did women report less interest in the jobs than men.
That’s one finding from a series of recently released studies titled: “Who Is Willing to Sacrifice Ethical Values for Money and Social Status? Gender Differences in Reactions to Ethical Compromises.”
More from the studies conducted by Jessica Kennedy of Wharton and Laura Kray of Berkeley:
* Study 1, when reading decisions that compromised ethical values for social status and monetary gains, women reported feeling more moral outrage and perceived less business sense in the decisions than men.
* In Study 2, we established a causal relationship between aversion to ethical compromises and disinterest in business careers by manipulating the presence of ethical compromises in job descriptions. As hypothesized, an interaction between gender and presence of ethical compromises emerged.
The research points to the very good possibility that women may have more integrity than men.
What does this mean? (more…)