Business Students' Views of Ethics:

A Situational Analysis

by Faramarz Parsa and William M. Lankford

This study investigates the difference in perceptions between undergraduate busines and MBA students regarding selected ethical issues facing employees and managers of today's businesses. In addition, the study investigates the intergroup (i.e., at each educational level) and intragroup (i.e., between undergraduates and MBAs) differences in terms of the "situation," i.e., whether they are an employee or a manager of  a company. A sample of 104 undergraduate and MBA students was used. The results indicate that undergraduate students tend to act more ethically than MBA students, and both groups tend to be more ethically oriented the higher their position in a corporation is. The conclusions drawn from this study have direct implications for both business practitioners and educators.

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