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An empirical study of the influence of mentors and organisational climate on the ethical attitudes and decision-making of national female business graduates in the United Arab Emirates

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James, W and McManus, L, An empirical study of the influence of mentors and organisational climate on the ethical attitudes and decision-making of national female business graduates in the United Arab Emirates, Journal of Business Ethics Education, 8 pp. 31-54. ISSN 1649-5195 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

The ethical development of business graduates is a critical issue. Yet, little empirical evidence exists on the factors affecting business graduate ethical development and behaviour using an Islamic perspective. This study examines the effects of mentoring support, the perceived standard of ethical conduct of peers, and individual ethical attributes of National female (Emirati) business graduates from the United Arab Emirates. Research has shown that formal and informal mentoring relationships benefit new employees by enabling them to further learn and grow within an organisation. On the other hand, some employees have also shown that these relationships can have a negative impact on a new employee’s ethical orientation. The aim of this study is to investigate the ethical orientations of Emirati female business graduates as they move from the relative sanctity of home and university into a new multicultural, westernised business environment. The results suggest that the ethical evaluations and behavioural intentions of Emirati graduates are affected by a multiplicity of sources including professional bodies and both mentors and peers in the workplace. It may be prudent at such a significant time in the UAE’s development that educators consider introducing ethical education into tertiary curriculum.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ethics, UAE women, mentors, Islamic culture, Western culture
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Business ethics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Business ethics
UTAS Author:McManus, L (Professor Lisa McManus)
ID Code:131835
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-04-08
Last Modified:2019-06-28
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