Moral disengagement in business school students: Predictors and comparisons

Vicki L. Baker, James R. Detert, Linda K. Trevino

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Abstract

In a survey study, we proposed that moral disengagement in business school students is driven by individual differences students bring with them to college. We also sought to determine if freshmen in business school are more morally disengaged than their counterparts in a college of education. Findings from approximately 700 students in a large research university showed that moral disengagement is driven in part by several theoretically-relevant individual differences (e.g., locus of control, cynicism, sympathy) and that business school students are more likely to be morally disengaged than students seeking education degrees. Among the individual differences examined, social dominance orientation was the strongest predictor of moral disengagement. Implications are discussed for future research and for business education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2006 Annual Meeting: Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern, AOM 2006
StatePublished - 2006
Event66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2006Aug 16 2006

Other

Other66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period8/11/068/16/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Baker, V. L., Detert, J. R., & Trevino, L. K. (2006). Moral disengagement in business school students: Predictors and comparisons. In Academy of Management 2006 Annual Meeting: Knowledge, Action and the Public Concern, AOM 2006