Exposure to ethics education and the perception of linkage between organizational ethical behavior and business outcomes
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 61 (4):353 - 368 (2005)
This study focused on the effects of individual characteristics and exposure to ethics education on perceptions of the linkage between organizational ethical practices and business outcomes. Using a stratified sampling approach, 817 students were randomly selected from a population of approximately 1310 business students in an AACSB accredited college of business. Three hundred and twenty eight of the subjects were freshmen, 380 were seniors, and 109 were working managers and professionals enrolled in a night-time MBA program. Overall, the respondents included 438 male students and 379 female students. Exposure to ethics in the curriculum had a significant impact on student perceptions of what should be the ideal linkages between organizational ethical practices and business outcomes. Gender based differences were found with female students having a higher expectation regarding what should be the “ethics practices and business outcomes” link. Exposure to ethics in the curriculum had a positive moderating influence on the gender-based effects on perceptions of ideal ethical climate. The interaction effect showed that exposure to ethical education may have a positive impact on males and allow them to catch up with females in their ethical sensitivities concerning the ideal linkage between organizational ethical behavior and business outcomes. Further, consistent with the literature, the study found that gender differences in ethical attitudes regarding the ideal ethical climate, while significant for undergraduates, appeared to narrow considerably for the working professionals who were part-time MBA students.
|Keywords||ethical perceptions ethical attitudes ethics education gender business students|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Johanna Kujala, Anna-Maija Lämsä & Katriina Penttilä (2011). Managers' Moral Decision-Making Patterns Over Time: A Multidimensional Approach. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 100 (2):191 - 207.
David J. Burns (2012). Exploring the Effects of Using Consumer Culture as a Unifying Pedagogical Framework on the Ethical Perceptions of MBA Students. Business Ethics 21 (1):1-14.
Kurt Wurthmann (2013). A Social Cognitive Perspective on the Relationships Between Ethics Education, Moral Attentiveness, and PRESOR. Journal of Business Ethics 114 (1):131-153.
Douglas R. May, Matthew T. Luth & Catherine E. Schwoerer (2013). The Influence of Business Ethics Education on Moral Efficacy, Moral Meaningfulness, and Moral Courage: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Journal of Business Ethics:1-14.
James M. Bloodgood, William H. Turnley & Peter E. Mudrack (2010). Ethics Instruction and the Perceived Acceptability of Cheating. Journal of Business Ethics 95 (1):23 - 37.
Similar books and articles
Cubie L. L. Lau (2010). A Step Forward: Ethics Education Matters! [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 92 (4):565 - 584.
Dean E. Allmon, Henry C. K. Chen, Thomas K. Pritchett & Pj Forrest (1997). A Multicultural Examination of Business Ethics Perceptions. Journal of Business Ethics 16 (2):183-188.
Alan C. B. Tse & Alan K. M. Au (1997). Are New Zealand Business Students More Unethical Than Non-Business Students? Journal of Business Ethics 16 (4):445-450.
Jill M. D'Aquila, David F. Bean & Elena G. Procario-Foley (2004). Students' Perception of the Ethical Business Climate: A Comparison with Leaders in the Community. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 51 (2):155-166.
M. Lynnette Smyth & James R. Davis (2004). Perceptions of Dishonesty Among Two-Year College Students: Academic Versus Business Situations. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 51 (1):63-73.
Hian Chye Koh & El'fred H. Y. Boo (2001). The Link Between Organizational Ethics and Job Satisfaction: A Study of Managers in Singapore. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 29 (4):309 - 324.
Shohreh A. Kaynama, Algin King & Louise W. Smith (1996). The Impact of a Shift in Organizational Role on Ethical Perceptions: A Comparative Study. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 15 (5):581 - 590.
Eugene D. Jaffe & Alexandr Tsimerman (2005). Business Ethics in a Transition Economy: Will the Next Russian Generation Be Any Better? [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 62 (1):87 - 97.
James R. Davis & Ralph E. Welton (1991). Professional Ethics: Business Students' Perceptions. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 10 (6):451 - 463.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads6 ( #162,933 of 1,089,064 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,801 of 1,089,064 )
How can I increase my downloads?