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Are New Zealand Business Students More Unethical Than Non-Business Students?


Using undergraduate students from the Waikato University in New Zealand as a sample, this study compared the ethical positions of students of different field of study and demographic characteristics. It was found that the ethical standard of business students are not significantly different from that of non-business students. The findings also suggest that female students are more ethical than male students, and senior students are more ethical than junior students.

Besides sex and year of study, other variables studied were parents' occupation, religiosity and household income of the students. All these variables were found to have no significant impact on the ethical position of the students. Furthermore, all the interaction effects between the variables studied and the students' major field of study were nonsignificant.

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Tse, A.C.B., Au, A.K.M. Are New Zealand Business Students More Unethical Than Non-Business Students?. Journal of Business Ethics 16, 445–450 (1997).

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