Understanding the influence of environmental standards on judgement and choice, Academy of Management Journal

Abstract

This article offers a cognitive account of the means versus ends focus of environmental regulation. The first of two studies suggests that standards (the means) exert an influence on judgments of proposed environmental solutions that is independent of the extent to which those solutions protect the environment (the ends). Standard-based decisions produce cognitive distortions, artificially enhancing the attractiveness of standard-conforming solutions over that of nonconforming solutions. The authors' second study suggests that 'means' solutions tend to be preferred over 'ends' solutions when one environmental proposal is examined. This pattern of preference can be reversed through the simultaneous evaluation of two proposals.

Type

Article

Author(s)

Max H Bazerman, David Messick, Ann E. Tenbrunsel, Kimberly A. Wade-Benzoni

Date Published

2000

Citations

Bazerman, H Max, David Messick, Ann E. Tenbrunsel, and Kimberly A. Wade-Benzoni. 2000. Understanding the influence of environmental standards on judgement and choice. Academy of Management Journal. 43(5): 854-866.

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