Utilising computer-based scenarios to explore idealism and relativism influences on perceptions of Ethics and Social Responsibilities and ethical decision making
by Lisa Y. Chen; Bahaudin G. Mujtaba; Thomas W. Heron
International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics (IJBGE), Vol. 6, No. 4, 2011

Abstract: This study explores idealism and relativism differences of technical-/engineering-based students along with their perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the managerial and ethical decision-making level, utilising computer-related scenarios. Of the 949 responses, results indicate that perceptions of ESR are positively related to the idealism and the relativism of students in technical-/engineering-based fields. Ethical decision-making differs significantly, based on the idealism and the relativism perceptions of ESR. It appears that students in technical-/engineering-based fields would benefit from an ethics course in their curriculum. Implications and the potential for future studies are discussed.

Online publication date: Fri, 06-Jan-2012

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