HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Academic dishonesty of future business leaders

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2013

Publication Title

SAM Advanced Management Journal

ISSN or ISBN

0036-0805

Volume

78

Issue

4

First Page

46

Last Page

57

Description

Academic dishonesty is, alas, a feature of global student experience, and institutions of learning must deal with it. This is easier said than done, because perceptions of "cheating " differ among cultures, as do "ethics." To get a grip on this difficult problem, the authors conducted a study among MBA students in the U.S. based on Hofstede's four cultural dimensions: collectivism/individualism; masculinity/femininity; power distance; and uncertainty avoidance. These were related to the four dimensions of Rawwas and Isakson's model of attitudes toward academic dishonesty: receiving and abetting; obtaining unfair advantage; fabricating information, and ignoring prevalent practices. The detailed results should help teachers design ethics courses with students' cultural orientations in mind.

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