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Pygmalion effect: An issue for business education and ethics

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This study reports the results of a survey designed to assess the impact of business education on the ethical beliefs of business students. The study examines the beliefs of graduate and undergraduate students about ethical behavior in educational settings. The investigation indicates that the behavior which students learn or perceive is required to succeed in business schools may run counter to the ethical sanctions of society and the business community.

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Michael S. Lane is Assistant Professor of Management at West Virginia University. He is the coauthor of ‘An Integrated Approach to Curriculum Design/Redesign’, Journal of Education for Business (1986), and ‘Corporate Goals and Managerial Motivation’, Mid-South Business Journal (1985).

Dietrich Schaupp is Professor of Management at West Virginia University.

Barbara Parsons is Assistant Professor of Commerce at Fairmont State College.

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Lane, M.S., Schaupp, D. & Parsons, B. Pygmalion effect: An issue for business education and ethics. J Bus Ethics 7, 223–229 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00381872

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