HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Business Ethics Perspectives of Thai Law Students: a Study of Age and Gender in Moral Development

Document Type

Article

Date

12-1-2009

Publication Title

Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics

ISSN or ISBN

1913-8059

Volume

7

Issue

3

First Page

94

Last Page

108

Description

Decisions regarding right and wrong are naturally impacted by learning and experience. Other factors might be age and gender which may influence one's decisions regarding ethical dilemmas. This research surveyed 145 male and 72 female law students to measure their Personal Business Ethics Scores (PBES) and to determine whether age and gender make a difference in ethical maturity. The PBES is used by researchers to measure individual commitment to integrity and observance of the laws regulating current business activities. This study contributes to the theory of moral development as it is tested with future lawyers in Thailand. The results of this research suggest that age and gender are statistically significant factors in the moral maturity of law students. Suggestions and implications are presented.

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