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ERIC Number: EJ1061794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1358-3883
How Business Students View Corruption, and Why This Should Concern Us: Insights from Lebanon, Romania and the United States
Neal, Mark; Finlay, Jim; Karkoulian, Silva; Catana, Doina; Pellegrino, Robert
Tertiary Education and Management, v21 n2 p140-159 2015
When seeking to understand corruption in its ongoing temporal context, it is useful to consider business students. Because of their high numbers and the kinds of jobs they enter, they have a key role to play in challenging or sustaining corruption in their societies. This exploratory study focuses on these people in three countries in different regions--the USA, Romania and Lebanon--and asks "How does long-standing corruption in a country shape their attitudes toward bribery?" Using a case-study methodology structured along four theoretical perspectives--universalism, cultural relativism, ethical relativism and consequentialism--the study suggests that, when viewed from a universalist perspective, students in corrupt societies may be more tolerant of corrupt practice than those living in less corrupt countries. Thus, rather depressingly, those who should be part of the solution may actually be part of the problem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Lebanon; Romania; United States