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Ethical Cognition of Business Students Individually and in Groups

Mohammad J. Abdolmohammadi, David R. L. Gabhart and M. Francis Reeves
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 16, No. 16 (Dec., 1997), pp. 1717-1725
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25073041
Page Count: 9
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Ethical Cognition of Business Students Individually and in Groups
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Abstract

This study provides evidence regarding the level of ethical cognition of business students at the entry to college as compared to a national norm. It also provides comparative evidence on the effects of group versus individual ethical cognition upon completion of a business ethics course. The Principled Score (P-score) from the Defining Issues Test (DIT) was used to measure the ethical cognition of a total sample of 301 business students (273 entering students plus 28 students in a business ethics course). The results indicate that (1) business students are not significantly different from the national norms at entry to college and (2) group reasoning helps male students improve their P-scores significantly in the business ethics course at a loss of P-score (albeit not statistically significant) for female students.

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