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.
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Richard F. Beltramini is Assistant Professor of Marketing and Advertising in the Department of Marketing at the Arizona State University. He has published a number of articles in marketing and advertising journals and proceedings.
Robert A. Peterson is Sam Barshop Professor of Marketing Administration and Senior Research Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. He is at present Chairman in the Department of Marketing Administration. He was Fellow of the Southwestern Marketing Association and has published over 100 books and articles.
George Kozmetsky is J.M. West Chair Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is at present Director of the Institute for Constructive Capitalism, The University of Texas, Austin and was formerly Dean, College and Graduate School of Business, The University of Texas, Austin.
This research was supported in part by the Institute for Constructive Capitalism, The University of Texas at Austin. The opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute.
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Beltramini, R.F., Peterson, R.A. & Kozmetsky, G. Concerns of college students regarding business ethics. J Bus Ethics 3, 195–200 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00382919
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