Examination of correlates of ehtical propensities and ethical intentions in the United States, Australia and the Philipines: A managerial perspective

International Journal of Management
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International Journal of Management, 2008, 25 (2), pp. 270 - 278
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As the employees and managers of tomorrow, students, quite accurately, represent the future workforce. Especially important, given today's environment of corporate misdeeds and the global nature of business, is an understanding of the ethical propensity of tomorrow's work and managerial forces. Completed questionnaires from 114 students in the Philippines, 240 students from Australia, and 125 students from the USA were gathered to gather feedback on demographic, life style, ethical and value-based questions. Specifically, the Ethical Propensity Scale (De Jong, 2001) was used to measure individual qualities that influence student conduct while ethical intentions were measured by an index developed by Zey-Ferrell and Ferrell (1982). In the study, correlation between gender, age, national origin, media habits, and academic performance (measured by grade point averages) were explored. In addition, demographic variables were examined. The research uncovered that none of the examined variables were related to ethical propensity or ethical intensions, but propensity and intentions were significantly correlated. Ethical Propensity was the only factor found to be significantly related to the ethical behavior index in all three nations. Based on the gathered findings, implications for managing in an international context were discussed.
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