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A 30-Year Historical Examination of Ethical Concerns Regarding Business Ethics: Who’s Concerned?

  • Will Drover

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  • Jennifer Franczak

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  • Richard Beltramini

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    Understanding the ethical attitudes and concerns of future business leaders has been the focus of increasing research attention. Largely, this is due to the influence of such perspectives, as it is these presently held ideologies that ultimately translate into the actions and behaviors of the forthcoming workforce. This research examines how such business-related ethicality perspectives have evolved by administering a nationwide survey that builds on two Journal of Business Ethics studies, Beltramini et al. (J Bus Ethics 3:195–200, 1984 ) and Peterson et al. (J Bus Ethics 10:733–738, 1991 ), resulting in the latest segment of a three-decade historical perspective of ethical concerns. Our findings indicate fundamental shifts regarding the nature of concerns, and provide a number of practical and theoretical contributions to the ethics literature, bringing us one step closer to more comprehensively understanding, and ultimately enhancing ethical practices in business. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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    Volume (Year): 111 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 431-438

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