Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 63–73 | Cite as

Perceptions of Dishonesty among Two-year College Students: Academic versus Business Situations

  • M. Lynnette Smyth
  • James R. Davis


This study statistically analyzes two-year college students' attitudes toward cheating via a survey containing academic and business situations that the students evaluated on a seven point scale from unethical to ethical. When both the general questions concerning attitudes about cheating and the opinions on the ethical statements are considered, the business students were generally more unethical in their behavior and attitudes than non-business majors. These results indicate a need for more ethical exposure in business courses to help students distinguish ethical from unethical decisions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Lynnette Smyth
    • 1
  • James R. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Business & Social ScienceBarnesvilleU.S.A.

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