Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 231–248

Will the ethics of business change? A survey of future executives

  • Thomas M. Jones
  • Frederick H. GautschiIII

DOI: 10.1007/BF00381827

Cite this article as:
Jones, T.M. & Gautschi, F.H. J Bus Ethics (1988) 7: 231. doi:10.1007/BF00381827


This article reports the results of a study of attitudes of future business executives towards issues of social responsibility and business ethics. The 455 respondents, who were MBA students during 1985 at one dozen schools from various regions in the United States, were asked to respond to a series of open-ended and closed-ended questions. From the responses to the questions the authors were able to conclude that future executives display considerable sensitivity, though to varying degrees, towards ethical issues in business. Women, in particular, tend to evince strong feelings regarding such issues.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas M. Jones
    • 1
  • Frederick H. GautschiIII
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business AdministrationDJ-10 University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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