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

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Ayman E. Haddad

American University of Kuwait

Dhoha Al SALEH

Independent

Mark Speece

CMMU College of Management Mahidol University; Thammasat Business School

Osama Musa Al-Hares

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST)

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Haddad, Ayman E. and Al SALEH, Dhoha and Speece, Mark and Al-Hares, Osama Musa, Determination of Ethical Acceptability Among Business Instructors: The Case of Kuwait (2017). Journal of business ethics education, Volume 14, 2017 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3097353

Ayman E. Haddad (Contact Author)

American University of Kuwait ( email )

Department of Accounting
Kuwait, 13034
Kuwait

Dhoha Al SALEH

Independent ( email )

Mark Speece

CMMU College of Management Mahidol University

69 Vipawadee Rangsit Road
Samsennai, Phayathai District
Bangkok, Bangkok 10400
Thailand

Thammasat Business School

2 Prachan Road
Pra Nakorn
Bangkok, Bangkok 10200
Thailand

Osama Musa Al-Hares

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) ( email )

Masjid Al Aqsa Street
Mubarak Al-Abdullah
Kuwait

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