Title: Attitudes towards business ethics: a cross-cultural comparison of students in Iran and Malaysia

Authors: Mehran Nejati, Azlan Amran, Amirul Shah Md. Shahbudin

Addresses: School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. ' Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia. ' School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia

Abstract: Study about the business ethical attitude would help to understand the specific behavioural practices of a country, resulting in minimising the cost of doing business in that country through avoiding misunderstanding and conflicts. With the rapid globalisation of companies around the world, such studies on business ethical attitude would definitely help to understand the cultural differences across nations. This knowledge will help in reducing misunderstandings, aiding negotiations, and building trust and respect. Therefore, this study seeks to continue the investigation of cross-cultural differences in attitudes towards business ethics by comparing samples from Iran and Malaysia (n1 = 120, n2 = 100).

Keywords: cross-cultural studies; ethical attitudes; management students; Iran; Malaysia; comparisons; behavioural practices; misunderstandings; conflicts; globalisation; cultural differences; negotiations; trust; respect; universities; higher education; business governance; business ethics; emerging markets.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBGE.2011.037608

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2011 Vol.6 No.1, pp.68 - 82

Published online: 20 Dec 2010 *

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