Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Most Business School Students Cheat

56% of students in graduate business programs reported cheating last year. Other graduate students don't do much better, but at least they stayed below the 50% threshold. They do it because "everyone does it." Lead researcher Linda Trevino suggested that students who were drawn to business school were "more self-interested or bottom-line-oriented." Moreover, business schools' "emphasis on the free market and maximization of shareholder value, changes student attitudes." Business school breeds cheaters.

Good to see that the lessons of Enron are sinking in.

Sigh.

3 comments:

D-rew said...

I think a business school student might see the lessons of Enron as being, "Don't cheat poorly, or you might get caught."

Edith OSB said...

Our college places a lot of emphasis on Benedictine values, we go on and on about our honesty policy. Yet my friends who teach in the undergrad business program had to give up using any form of online quizzes or tests because of the rampant cheating. They prowl the aisles as students take tests. Having just given exams 60 students (not business) yesterday, I wonder how many episodes of cheating I missed.

A single institution can't do an adequate job of re-socializing students when the larger culture pushes them the other way.

Gruntled said...

Do you think business students are worse now than they used to be? I am disinclined to think so, though I don't have any evidence.