Make business ethics a cumulative science

Business ethics research is not currently a cumulative science, but it must become one. The benefits to humanity from research that helps firms improve their ethics could be enormous, especially if that research also shows that strong ethics improves the effectiveness of companies.

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  1. Jonathan Haidt is at the Stern School of Business, New York University, 44 West Fourth Street, New York, New York 10012, USA.

    • Jonathan Haidt
  2. Linda Trevino is at the Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University, 402 Business Building, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA.

    • Linda Trevino


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Correspondence to Jonathan Haidt.