Does Ethics Education Improve the Development of Professional Ethics among Future Managers?

Zuriana Zahrin and Nor Azizah Zainal Abidin

This research seeks to explore the perceptions of the university students who are our future managers of the influence of ethics education on development of their professional ethics and identities. To meet the research aim, an instrument that covers hypothetical ethical scenarios of ethical behaviour based on Malaysia’s setting was adopted. The survey instrument helped to identify future managers’ interpretations and responses to the scenarios whether there are any legitimations of ethical actions. The results of this research revealed that the majority of future managers recognised the importance of ethics and they found learning ethics was helpful in improving their ethical understanding and developing their personal ethical values as well as their future professional development. However, practicing ethical values, including making ethical decisions was challenging as students perceived they were living in unethical environment. The respondents indicated that they were surrounded by unethical people, and for this reason, some of them disclosed that they would rather silent than reveal about unethical actions.

Volume 11 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 640-649