How business students view corruption, and why this should concern us: insights from Lebanon, Romania and the United States

Author(s) : Neal, Mark; Finlay, Jim; Karkoulian, Silva; Catana, Doina; Pellegrino, Robert

Imprint : 2015

Collation : p. 140-159

Series : Tertiary Education and Management, 21, 2

When seeking to understand corruption in its ongoing temporal context, it is useful to consider business students. Because of their high numbers and the kinds of jobs they enter, they have a key role to play in challenging or sustaining corruption in their societies. This exploratory study focuses on these people in three countries in different regions - the USA, Romania and Lebanon - and asks 'How does long-standing corruption in a country shape their attitudes toward bribery?' Using a case-study methodology structured along four theoretical perspectives - universalism, cultural relativism, ethical relativism and consequentialism - the study suggests that, when viewed from a universalist perspective, students in corrupt societies may be more tolerant of corrupt practice than those living in less corrupt countries. Thus, rather depressingly, those who should be part of the solution may actually be part of the problem.

  • Corporate sector, Corruption, Bribery, Economic and social development, Ethics, Students, Higher education
  • Americas and the Caribbean, Arab States, Europe
    Lebanon, Romania, USA