This paper explores the relationship between religious belief and the dilemmas Dutch executives confront in daily business practice. We find that the frequency with which dilemmas arise is directly related to various aspects of religious belief, such as the belief in a transcendental being and the intensity of religious practice. Despite this relationship, only 17% of the dilemmas examined involve a religious standard. Most dilemmas originate from a conflict between moral and practical standards. We also find that 79% of the identified dilemmas stem from a conflict between two or more internalized standards of the executive.

Business dilemmas, CSR, Religious belief, Standards, Values,
Journal of Business Ethics
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Graafland, J, Kaptein, S.P, & Mazereeuw-Van Der Duijn Schouten, C. (2006). Business dilemmas and religious belief: An explorative study among Dutch executives. In Journal of Business Ethics (Vol. 66, pp. 53–70). doi:10.1007/s10551-006-9054-0