Academic and business ethical misconduct and cultural values : a cross national comparison

Mirshekary, Soheila and Lawrence, Ann 2009, Academic and business ethical misconduct and cultural values : a cross national comparison, Journal of academic ethics, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 141-157, doi: 10.1007/s10805-009-9093-0.

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Title Academic and business ethical misconduct and cultural values : a cross national comparison
Author(s) Mirshekary, SoheilaORCID iD for Mirshekary, Soheila
Lawrence, Ann
Journal name Journal of academic ethics
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 141
End page 157
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 1570-1727
Keyword(s) cheating behaviour
academic and business dishonesty
cultural differences
demographic differences
Summary Efforts to promote ethical behaviour in business and academic contexts have raised awareness of the need for an ethical orientation in business students. This study examines the similarities and differences between the personal values of Iranian and Australian business students and their attitudes to cheating behaviour in universities and unethical practices in business settings. Exploratory factory analysis provided support for three distinct ethics factors—serious academic ethical misconduct, minor academic ethical misconduct, and business ethical misconduct. Results reveal statistically significant differences between the two cultural groups for ethical (altruism/universalism) values, and for attitudes to serious academic misconduct. No differences were found between the two groups for attitudes to minor academic unethical practices or unethical business practices. Gender influenced responses where females were found to indicate higher levels of unacceptability of unethical practices in academic and business settings than males. This pilot study highlights the need for higher education institutions to develop and enforce policies and practices to publicise, encourage and reinforce higher awareness of the need for adhering to ethical behaviour in university studies as a necessary component of training business professionals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10805-009-9093-0
Field of Research 220102 Business Ethics
Socio Economic Objective 950402 Business Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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