Exploring differential ethical perspectives among Ghanaian students

Abstract

The study uses a dataset from Ghana to test for differential features regarding ethical orientation, among students based on eight categorisations. Data was collected by a questionnaire. The respondents were business students within Ghanaian universities and the number of useable responses was 79, out of a possible 100 students contacted, from an online survey. The results are mixed but substantially align with earlier studies except for a few deviations and a synthesis of the literature is used to explain the findings emanating from this study. This study hypothesises new relationships regarding the impact of kinship systems on ethical orientation hence adding to the literature.

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    See also Betz et al. (1989), Ruegger and King (1992), Luthar et al. (1997), and Bass et al. (1998) for more discussions suggesting that females are more ethical than males.

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    See also Harris (1989), Tsalikis and Ortiz-Buonafina (1990), and Davis and Welton (1991) for further discussions regarding the irrelevance on gender to ethical issues.

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    See for example Glover et al. (2002), Loo (2003), Roxas and Stoneback (2004), and Albaum and Peterson (2006) for further discussion.

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    There are a wide variety of contextual moderations to the effect of age on gender. For instance, Wimalasiri (2001), Chan et al. (2002), and Ross and Robertson (2003) provide differing opinions about how and in what manner age affects ethical orientation.

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    See for example Shafer and Park (1999), Goodwin and Goodwin (1999), and Sendut (1991) about how ethnicity affects ethical orientation.

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Nsor-Ambala, R. Exploring differential ethical perspectives among Ghanaian students. Asian J Bus Ethics (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13520-020-00103-w

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Keywords

  • Accounting students
  • Kinship
  • Ethical orientation
  • Marital status
  • Gender socialization theory
  • Biological determinism
  • Age