Organization Management Journal

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Academic ethics


With an increased emphasis on the topic of ethics in business, more attention has been focused on the college campus and how students are introduced to ethical issues. The question often asked is how ethics is being taught in business school classrooms and whether students are receptive to these messages. Are faculty members considered ‘‘more ethical’’ and, therefore, able to teach students to be ethical citizens? Alternatively, is it the experience and broad knowledge rather than the individual’s behavior that qualifies a professor? Students, in turn, are influenced by the opinions their professors express in classroom discussions. This paper recognizes the concept that students and faculty members may have different views of what constitutes ethics by considering ethical behavior on the part of the professors. Findings indicate that students have a differing core of ethical beliefs than faculty concerning situations involving professors in the classroom. Understanding these differences presents a reexamination of how students and faculty members interact in the study of ethical issues and the context in which learning occurs.