When being good is not enough: Towards contextual education of business leadership ethics

Management : Journal of Contemporary Management Issues. 2018;23(2):1-14


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Journal Title: Management : Journal of Contemporary Management Issues

ISSN: 1331-0194 (Print); 1846-3363 (Online)

Publisher: University of Split, Faculty of Economics

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Industries. Land use. Labor: Economic growth, development, planning | Social Sciences: Economic theory. Demography: Economics as a science

Country of publisher: Croatia

Language of fulltext: English

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Audur Hermannsdottir (University of Iceland)

Olga Stangej (Vilnius University Business School)

Kari Kristinsson (University of Iceland)


Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

In light of continuing leadership scandals, ethics education has become a recurrent topic in public discourse. However, advancement of educational models, formats, and content rest with a number of questions that remain unanswered and subject to mixed research results. In this study, we contribute to the discourse on ethics education and its fundamental questions on the role of education in shaping attitudes towards business ethics. Through a survey of 61 students in Iceland, we examine the attitudinal differences between business and non-business students, and the effects of education. The results of the study indicate that education of the future business leaders calls for a contextualized approach to business ethical dilemmas. The study yields implications for secondary and tertiary levels of education.