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The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts

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  • معلومة اضافية
    • Publication Information:
      Springer, 2016.
    • Publication Date:
      2016
    • Abstract:
      Transparency is important in today's business environment. The use of euphemisms decreases transparency yet is increasing in business and business education. This study examines the effects of euphemism on people's attitudes toward actions and their intentions to perform those actions. It also measures the effect of oversight on attitudes and behavioral intentions. Using a 2 × 2 experimental design, we measured participants' attitudes by employing a semantic differential scale and behavioral intentions by using a simple yes/no question regarding the action described. A questionnaire with 20 brief scenarios provided the euphemistic (transparent) versus non-euphemistic (less-transparent) condition. Oversight versus non-oversight conditions were manipulated through instructions to participants. Hypotheses regarding the effects of euphemism were supported; participants were both more likely to rate an action as appropriate and to indicate they would take that action when stated euphemistically. Oversight did not have a significant effect on attitude toward the action, but did significantly affect participants' intentions to take that action. Findings suggest both managerial and ethical implications for businesses. Greater transparency includes more straight talk and less euphemism and is recommended to ensure employees' understanding and implementation of ethical business actions.
    • ISSN:
      01674544
      15730697
    • Rights:
      © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
    • Accession Number:
      edsjsr.24755778
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TERRI L. RITTENBURG; GEORGE ALBERT GLADNEY; TERESA STEPHENSON. The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts. Journal of Business Ethics, [s. l.], v. 137, n. 2, p. 315, 2016. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.24755778&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 8 abr. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Terri L. Rittenburg, George Albert Gladney, Teresa Stephenson. The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts. Journal of Business Ethics. 2016;137(2):315. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.24755778&custid=s8280428. Accessed April 8, 2020.
    • APA:
      Terri L. Rittenburg, George Albert Gladney, & Teresa Stephenson. (2016). The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts. Journal of Business Ethics, 137(2), 315.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Terri L. Rittenburg, George Albert Gladney, and Teresa Stephenson. 2016. “The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts.” Journal of Business Ethics 137 (2): 315. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.24755778&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Terri L. Rittenburg, George Albert Gladney and Teresa Stephenson (2016) ‘The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts’, Journal of Business Ethics, 137(2), p. 315. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.24755778&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 8 April 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Terri L. Rittenburg, George Albert Gladney & Teresa Stephenson 2016, ‘The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 137, no. 2, p. 315, viewed 8 April 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Terri L. Rittenburg, et al. “The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts.” Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 137, no. 2, 2016, p. 315. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.24755778&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Terri L. Rittenburg, George Albert Gladney, and Teresa Stephenson. “The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts.” Journal of Business Ethics 137, no. 2 (2016): 315. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.24755778&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Terri L. Rittenburg, George Albert Gladney, Teresa Stephenson. The Effects of Euphemism Usage in Business Contexts. Journal of Business Ethics [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2020 Apr 8];137(2):315. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.24755778&custid=s8280428