Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 195–200 | Cite as

Concerns of college students regarding business ethics

  • Richard F. Beltramini
  • Robert A. Peterson
  • George Kozmetsky


Although some attention has been devoted to assessing the attitudes and concerns of businesspeople toward ethics, relatively little attention has focused on the attitudes and concerns of tomorrow's business leaders, today's college students. In this investigation a national sample was utilized to study college students' attitudes toward business ethics, with the results being analyzed by academic classification, academic major, and sex. Results of the investigation indicate that college students are currently somewhat concerned about business ethics in general, and that female students in particular are more concerned about ethical issues than are their male counterparts.


Economic Growth College Student Business Ethic Ethical Issue Female Student 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard F. Beltramini
  • Robert A. Peterson
  • George Kozmetsky

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