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Exploring Variables That Affect Moral Development of Working Professionals

Exploring Variables That Affect Moral Development of Working Professionals
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Author(s): Barbara J.A.M.G. Armenta (Capella University, USA), Kathleen M. Hargiss (Colorado Technical University, USA) and Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 18
Source title: Business Education and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3153-1.ch061

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Abstract

The increase of unethical behavior in the workplace has encouraged contemporary researchers to focus their research efforts on exploring moral development of employees in the business sector. It is thought that moral development may be a crucial driver of ethical decision making, while morality may be affected by a range of variables. In this study, the impact of higher education, ethical education, and work experience on moral development of licensed real-estate agents is examined. Moreover, the impact of higher education on an individual's moral development to a higher level of Kohlberg's theory of moral development is evaluated. The results of the study suggest that the variables of higher education, ethical education, and work experience showed no significant impact or increase of moral development of real-estate agents. The findings imply that the level of moral reasoning of real-estate agents service their occupations ethical requirements.

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