Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 82, Issue 4, pp 907-917

The Effect of Culture and Religiosity on Business Ethics: A Cross-cultural Comparison

  • Md. Zabid RashidAffiliated withUniversity Tun Abdul Razak Email author 
  • , Saidatul IbrahimAffiliated withFaculty of Economics & Management, University Putra Malaysia

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This article examined the effect of culture and religiosity on perceptions of business ethics among students in a tertiary institution in Malaysia. A structured questionnaire was developed with scenarios on various aspects of business ethics, and self-administered to the students in the business studies program. The results from 767 respondents showed that there were significant differences among the Malays, Chinese, and Indian students on seven scenarios namely selling hazardous products, misleading instructions, selling defective products, padding expense account, taking sick to take a day off, keeping quiet on defective products, and respond to supplier’s take good care of clients attitude. There was also an association between culture and religiosity. The MANOVA results also showed that culture and religiosity have an effect on perceptions of business ethics.


ethical scenarios culture religiosity Malays Chinese Indians