Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Management

Title

The influence of business school’s ethical climate on students’ unethical behavior

Language

English

Abstract

Business schools play an instrumental role in laying the foundations for ethical behavior and socially responsible actions in the business community. Drawing on social learning and identity theories and using data collected from undergraduate business students (n = 318), we found that ethical climate was a significant predictor of unethical behavior, such that students with positive perceptions about their business school's ethical climate were more likely to refrain from unethical behaviors. Moreover, we found that high moral and institutional identities strengthened the effect of ethical climate on unethical behavior. In addition to novel theoretical contributions to the business ethics and socio-psychology literature, this study offers practical pathways through which business schools can nurture and instill the values and behaviors that ultimately help shape positive organizational ethics. Directions for future research are provided. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Keywords

Business education, Ethical climate, Institutional identity, Moral identity, Social learning, Unethical behavior

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Journal of Business Ethics

Volume

123

Issue

2

Start Page

283

End Page

294

Publisher

Springer Verlag

DOI

10.1007/s10551-013-1795-y

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-013-1795-y

ISSN (print)

01674544

ISSN (electronic)

15730697

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