Examining the link between one’s Consideration of Future Consequences and Potential Ethical Threshold
The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between Consideration of Future Consequences (CFC), a construct first introduced by Strathman, Gleicher, Boninger & Edwards (1994) and Potential Ethical Threshold (PET), a concept which was designed to reflect an individual’s ethical behavior in the face of situational pressures (Comer & Vega, 2008). Although there has been a resurgence of interest in time perspectives in general (e.g., Andre, Vianen, Peetsma and Oort; 2018) and CFC more specifically (e.g., Joireman & King, 2016), to my knowledge, CFC has not been linked directly to ethical behavior, the type of which is reflected in one's PET. The results support a positive link between CFC and PET. Individuals with higher CFC have a higher ethical threshold. In other words, they are less susceptible to situational pressures to choose an unethical path, particularly when it involves a tradeoff in personal losses as a result. Implications and limitations are discussed, and suggestions for future research are presented.