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Attitudes Towards Some Aspects Of Business Ethics Among Students From Countries In Transition: An Empirical Research

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In this paper certain parameters of ethical values and attitudes of students in economics from different countries are analysed (attitudes toward work and organisation; goals of work; readiness to work for common benefit, etc.). The basic question was whether, and to what extent, such attitudes differ in countries in transition (former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe) compared with western countries with a developed market economy and Latin-American countries. On the basis of empirical research we conclude that there are significant differences, i.e., that students from countries in transition show more self-oriented attitudes, less readiness to help others and tend to consider work in an organisation primarily as a means to achieve one's own goals (always compared with students from the other two groups of countries). The main explanation for this is found in the transition itself, i.e., conditions and processes in those countries in the 1990s, and less in the heritage of the previous (communist) system. The authors are at the University of Split, Faculty of Economics, Radovanova 13, 21000 Split, CROATIA. phone: +385/21/366-033; fax: +385/21/366-026 e-mail: and

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Split, Croatia

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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