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Contrasts in moral reasoning capacity: the Fijians and the Singaporeans

Wimalasiri, Jayantha S. (2004) Contrasts in moral reasoning capacity: the Fijians and the Singaporeans. Journal of Business Ethics, 49 (3). pp. 251-272. ISSN 0167-4544

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The moral reasoning capacity of management students in Fiji and in Singapore, two culturally distinct nations, was examined using the Defining Issue Test (DIT). Statistical analyses of the data revealed a marked difference in the reasoning capacity of the two groups. In the Fiji sample, religion and race were found to have a moderating effect on moral judgment. In the Singapore sample, age,race and religion were found to have a significant correlation with moral judgment. The data were subjected to paired-samples-tests using p-score as a dependent variable. The results showed significant differences on the p-score, recording a comparatively weaker reasoning capacity among the Fiji subjects. The results overwhelmingly confirms the assumption that culture plays a definite role in determining one's moral judgment over and above other variables. The implications of findings for cross-cultural management are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Management and Public Administration
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 01 May 2004 09:45
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2012 02:52

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