HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Afghan-Americans' Awareness of Business Ethics: A Study Based on Gender, Age, and Education

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2010

Publication Title

Business and Professional Ethics Journal

ISSN or ISBN

0277-2027

Volume

29

First Page

33

Last Page

62

Description

High ethical standards have always been at the core of the Afghan culture throughout the country. Unfortunately, over the past few years in Afghanistan, bribery and corruption have become more widespread throughout the government offices as employees attempt to serve their customers. This quantitative study of 98 male and 116 female Afghan-American respondents analyzes their perceptions regarding the recognition of dilemmas related to ethics and bribery. The 214 Afghan-American respondents are compared with the average scores of 602 American respondents from the retail industry. The groups' scores are significantly different with the later reporting less tolerance for unethical behavior. It appears that there are no differences in the responses of Afghan males and females. The younger generation seems to be as ethically mature as the older Afghans. Finally, higher education levels among the Afghan respondents demonstrated a statistically significant and positive correlation toward ethical maturity. Results and implications are presented.

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