Academic Integrity: The Relationship between Individual and Situational Factors on Misconduct Contemplations

TitleAcademic Integrity: The Relationship between Individual and Situational Factors on Misconduct Contemplations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsKisamore, J, Stone, T, Jawahar, I
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume75
Issue4
Pagination381-394
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness , Misconduct , Moral Climate of Organizations
AbstractRecent, well-publicized scandals, involving unethical conduct have rekindled interest in academic misconduct. Along with focusing on situational factors (e.g., integrity culture, honor codes), demographic variables or personality constructs that influence the prevalence of misconduct, the authors examined how these classes of variables interact to influence perceptions of and intentions relating to academic misconduct. In a sample of 217 business students, the authors examined how integrity culture interacts with Prudence and Adjustment to explain variance in estimated frequency of cheating, suspicions of cheating, considering cheating and reporting cheating. Age, integrity culture, and personality variables were significantly related to different criteria. Overall, personality variables explained the most unique variance in academic misconduct, and Adjustment interacted with integrity culture, such that integrity culture had more influence on intentions to cheat for less well-adjusted individuals. Implications for practice are discussed and future research directions are offered.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-006-9260-9
DOI10.1007/s10551-006-9260-9
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