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Scale and Study of Student Attitudes Toward Business Education’s Role in Addressing Social Issues


  • Bradley Sleeper


  • Kenneth Schneider
  • Paula Weber
  • James Weber


Corporations and investors are responding to recent major ethical scandals with increased attention to the social impacts of business operations. In turn, business colleges and their international accrediting body are increasing their efforts to make students more aware of the social context of corporate activity. Business education literature lacks data on student attitudes toward such education. This study found that post-scandal business students, particularly women, are indeed interested in it. Their interest is positively related to their past donation, volunteerism, and non-profit organization membership activities, whether limited or extensive. Some evidence supports the proposition that education can modify internal principles over time. We offer suggestions for classroom and program uses of these findings in hopes of enriching the vision of future business managers. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • Bradley Sleeper & Kenneth Schneider & Paula Weber & James Weber, 2006. "Scale and Study of Student Attitudes Toward Business Education’s Role in Addressing Social Issues," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 68(4), pages 381-391, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:68:y:2006:i:4:p:381-391
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9000-1

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    1. Eddy Ng & Ronald Burke, 2010. "Predictor of Business Students’ Attitudes Toward Sustainable Business Practices," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 95(4), pages 603-615, September.
    2. Will Drover & Jennifer Franczak & Richard Beltramini, 2012. "A 30-Year Historical Examination of Ethical Concerns Regarding Business Ethics: Who’s Concerned?," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 111(4), pages 431-438, December.
    3. Mladen Koljatic & Monica Silva, 2015. "Do Business Schools Influence Students’ Awareness of Social Issues? Evidence from Two of Chile’s Leading MBA Programs," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 131(3), pages 595-604, October.
    4. Becchetti, Leonardo & Semplici, Lorenzo & Tridente, Michele, 2016. "“De (corporate responsibility) gustibus est misurandum”: heterogeneity and consensus around CR indicators," AICCON Working Papers 152-2016, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.
    5. repec:ksb:journl:v:10:y:2017:i:1:p:120-141 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Walter Wymer & Sharyn R. Rundle-Thiele, 2017. "Inclusion of ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability in business school curricula: a benchmark study," International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, Springer;International Association of Public and Non-Profit Marketing, vol. 14(1), pages 19-34, March.


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