Volume 28, 2017
Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Annual Meeting
The Effect of Moral Intensity on Work Engagement
In prior research, moral intensity has been proposed as a characteristic of situations that influences ethical decision-making. In this paper, I seek to apply the concept of moral intensity in the context of work engagement. I first propose moral intensity as a characteristic of work tasks. I then explain why moral intensity of a task should increase work engagement. I test this hypothesis in a pilot study using a sample of students. Results of the study support the hypothesis that moral intensity is an objective characteristic of work tasks that is positively related to work engagement through its influence on perceived impacts of the work. Implications and limitations of the study are discussed.