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When measuring moral dilemmas, Kohlberg suggests the use of hypothetical dilemmas & Straughan disagrees stating hypothetical dilemmas do not evoke the same reactions.

Which is more useful in measuring managers moral reasoning and why?

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It is important that we understand that the majority of studies in the area or moral development are based on the cognitive-developmental theory that was originally identified by Lawrence Kohlberg (Tirri, nd). So it would not be unusual to disagree with Straughan in the usefulness of measuring moral dilemmas by utilizing hypothetical dilemmas. Straughan's contention that hypothetical dilemmas do not evoke the same reactions as familiar dilemmas makes the findings not useful in measuring managers' moral reasoning in my humble opinion because the very familiarity of the dilemma may instead of evoking a realistic measure of a moral dilemma would instead give a rehearsed response. In other words you would receive the reaction or action the manager knows you ...

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Kohlberg vs. Straughan. To use hypothetical dilemmas or not when measuring moral dilemmas. This response will delve into which would be most useful in measuring managers moral reasoning.

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When measuring moral dilemmas, Kohlberg suggests the use of hypothetical dilemmas. However, Straughan disagrees and states that hypothetical dilemmas do not evoke the same reactions as familiar dilemmas and, hence, the findings can not be useful in measuring managers' moral reasoning. What is your position on the issue? Give two reasons to support your views.

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