Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 14, pp 1581-1593

First online:

The Effects of Individual Difference Factors on the Acceptability of Ethical and Unethical Workplace Behaviors

  • Michelle C. Reiss
  • , Kaushik Mitra

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The purpose of this paper was to determine whether the individual attributes of locus of control, gender, major in college and years of job experience affect the acceptability of certain workplace behaviors. A total of 198 college students of a mid-sized southeastern university formed the sample for this study. Locus of control, gender and years of job experience were found to have some affect on whether an individual considered a certain behavior acceptable or unacceptable.