Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 281–296 | Cite as

Social Predictors of Business Student Cheating Behaviour in Chinese Societies

  • Anna P. Y. Tsui
  • H. Y. Ngo


Cheating is a serious issue among business students worldwide. However, research investigating the social factors that may help prevent cheating in Chinese higher education is rare. The present study examined two key social relationship factors of perceived teacher-student relationships and peer relationships by the students. It attempted to build a model which addressed the effects of two variables on Chinese business students’ cheating behaviour: the teacher’s approachability and the relationship goal of the students. Two important social influence factors were also tested as mediators: neutralizing attitudes and perceived cheating norms of the students. A student survey was conducted with 1329 questionnaires collected. The results showed the negative effects of both social relationship variables on cheating, and that their effects were fully mediated by neutralizing attitudes. Moreover, perceived cheating norms fully mediated the effect of the teacher’s approachability, but not so for the relationship goal of the students. This study provided novel insights and recommendations for promoting academic integrity in Chinese business schools and universities.


Business education Cheating norms Neutralizing attitudes Relationship goal of the students Student cheating Teacher’s approachability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementChinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong

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