Business students at university : are they trained to cheat? / Faizah Mohd Khalid and Siti Jeslyn Hasan

Mohd Khalid, Faizah and Hasan, Siti Jeslyn (2009) Business students at university : are they trained to cheat? / Faizah Mohd Khalid and Siti Jeslyn Hasan. Social and Management Research Journal (SMRJ), 6 (2). pp. 33-49. ISSN 1675-7017

Abstract

Over decades, we have been bombarded with an increased of corporate scandals involving allegations of unethical behaviours mostly against accounting fraud. The debacles left us to ponder whether the education system implemented at university levels and education modules have taught students to be corrupted rather than acted responsibly and ethically. This study centres on business students at one of the private higher learning institutions in Malaysia.
Surprisingly, the finding indicates that majority of students has cheated throughout their period of study. The research discovers that students’ cheating behaviour is influenced by their beliefs; on what constitutes cheating and the perception that cheating has become a common behaviour among other students. In addition, gender, academic performance (i.e. grade point average) and area of specialization have also significantly influenced on academic dishonesty. The results of the study illustrate that strict monitoring and fear of being prosecuted may reduce the tendency of cheating. Seeing that this situation
has reached at an alarming stage, thus, the study has recommended some guidelines to the universities for its implementation. It is believed that by enhancing academic code of conducts, incorporating ethics components in
subjects taught and establishing ethical community-building among students are advantageous to inculcate a sense of responsibility towards ethical behaviour and organise rigorous campaigns to promote integrity as way of life.

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Item Type: Article
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Mohd Khalid, Faizah
jeslyn@kelantan.uitm.edu.my
Hasan, Siti Jeslyn
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management > New business enterprises > Malaysia
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management > Small business
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Higher Education > Institutions of higher education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > School life. Student manners and customs. Students > Moral, religious, and physical life of students. Student conduct and behavior
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Research Management Centre (RMC)
Journal or Publication Title: Social and Management Research Journal (SMRJ)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Social and Management Research Journal (SMRJ)
ISSN: 1675-7017
Volume: 6
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 33-49
Keywords: Ethics, students, academic misconduct, beliefs, behaviours, cheating
Date: 2009
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/13074
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