Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 120, Issue 1, pp 27–38 | Cite as

The Influence of Decision Frames and Vision Priming on Decision Outcomes in Work Groups: Motivating Stakeholder Considerations

  • Kevin D. Clark
  • Narda R. Quigley
  • Stephen A. Stumpf


Organizational leaders are increasingly emphasizing a stakeholder perspective in order to address concerns about business ethics. This study examined the choices of 94 groups in the context of a business decision-making simulation to determine how specific actions and communications can facilitate the consideration of different stakeholder perspectives. In particular, we examined whether generally framing the business situation as one involving diverse stakeholders versus a primarily profit-driven operation (referred to as framing), and whether specific suggestions that participants consider the concerns of stakeholders versus stockholders in maximizing the value of the firm (referred to as vision priming), would influence group choices and decision outcomes. We tested four experimental conditions against a control in a 2 × 2 experimental design to determine the effects that group choices had on decision outcomes when groups were exposed to stakeholder versus stockholder decision framing and stakeholder versus stockholder vision priming. The results revealed that the consistent conditions outperformed the control condition and that vision priming has a greater impact on decision outcomes than decision framing.


Ethical decision making Framing Priming Work groups Stakeholders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin D. Clark
    • 1
  • Narda R. Quigley
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Stumpf
    • 1
  1. 1.Villanova School of BusinessVillanovaUSA

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