Moral Reasoning of Cypriot Business Students: A Long Way Off Perfection

Marios Demosthenous, Maria Krambia-Kapardis

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    The debate of whether males and females have the same level of moral reasoning is one that produces inconclusive results. For many professionals the concept of 'professional ethics' is one that implies that each individual has the moral reasoning capability to allow them to render business judgement without having self-interest to alter or impair their professional responsibility. Evidence in business ethics research suggests that the moral reasoning levels of some business students e.g. accounting students and accountants are in the lower range in comparison to other students and other professionals. The objective of this study is to investigate and report the moral reasoning levels of Cypriot business students and whether there are gender differences. This study uses Kohlberg's moral development theory as a framework and Rest's Defining Issues Test (DIT) as a measuring instrument to measure the moral reasoning of the students. This study found that Cypriot students' level of moral reasoning as measured by the DIT is at a very low level in comparison with other university students and there is no significant difference between the male and female students moral reasoning.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)373-383
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Business Ethics
    • Business Students
    • Defining Issues Test
    • Ethical Decision Making
    • Gender
    • Kohlberg Moral Development Theory
    • Moral Reasoning


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