To Cheat or Not to Cheat?: The Role of Personality in Academic and Business Ethics
Bratton, Virginia K.
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Past research (Lawson, 2004 ; Nonis & Swift, 2001) has revealed a correlation between academic and business ethics. Using a sample survey, this study extends this inquiry by examining the role of dispositional variables (neuroticism, extraversion, and conscientiousness) and academic honesty on business ethics perceptions. Results indicate that (1) neuroticism and conscientiousness were positively related to more ethical perceptions in a work context, and (2) academic honesty partially mediated the relationship between conscientiousness and business ethics. Implications to business practitioners and educators are discussed as well as directions for future research.
Bratton, Virginia K., and Connie Strittmatter. “To Cheat or Not to Cheat?: The Role of Personality in Academic and Business Ethics.” Ethics & Behavior 23, no. 6 (November 2013): 427–444. doi:10.1080/10508422.2013.811077.