Determination of Ethical Acceptability Among Business Instructors: The Case of Kuwait
Journal of business ethics education, Volume 14, 2017
26 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2018 Last revised: 7 Sep 2021
Date Written: 2017
This study aims at measuring the level of unacceptability of certain unethical behaviors for educators in accounting/finance (A/F) as well as marketing/management (M/M) in their various roles. The research was conducted utilizing a quantitative approach based on the Integrated Social Contracts Theory (ISCT) in order to compare norms of ethically acceptable/unacceptable behaviors of A/F and M/M educators in the context of Kuwait. The population for this study consisted of educators from A/F and M/M from different Business Schools in Kuwait. The results of the study indicate there is general agreement on unacceptable behaviors in academia between the two groups; however, in general, A/F faculty tend to rate nearly all unethical behaviors as slightly more unacceptable than do M/M faculty. While this may possibly indicate that A/F faculty are slightly more ethical, more likely it reflects different ways of perceiving the world among quantitatively vs. qualitatively-oriented faculty. We also compare the results to a prior similar survey conducted by Siegel and Jackson (2011). It seems that the perceived ethics of behaviors differs somewhat among educators in different parts of the world. This study is expected to assist the development of an ethical code in Kuwaiti academe. This in turn will help students to learn about codes of ethics which will govern their future conduct as professionals.
Keywords: Business Ethics, Accounting, Marketing, Education , Kuwait
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