Business Students: A Study of Contradictions

A recent study by a professor at Kansas State University shows a striking gap between what business students rate as crucial to executives and the behavior they themselves exhibit.

For example among the must-have traits – honesty was rated in the top 5 – however in a separate study conducted by the same professor, the vast majority (88%+) of the students stated they had cheated while at school.

The professor points out that the effect of such cheating continues into the professional careers of these students where they are more like to engage in unethical and morally questionable practices – and the result of this has been and will continue to be the financial disaster that is currently facing us in the form of a great recession.

Time for more character training and ethical courses at our schools and universities – and more publications to clearly distinguish between right and wrong with fairness to all.

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