Religious commitment and ethical intervention as predictors of ethical business behaviour of future managers in the distance learning institute, University of Lagos, Lagos

Olayiwola, P.O. (2018)

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This study examined religious commitment and ethical intervention as predictors of ethical behaviour of future managers in the Distance Learning Institute University of Lagos, Lagos. A sample of 300 final years students of Accounting and Business Administration who had taken at least a course in business ethics constitute the selected sample from the population of 2800 representing about 10.71% of the population. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to those that were available in the lecture room. Pearson correlations and multiple regressions were used to test the hypotheses of the study. The indicated a positive and significant relationship between (i) religious commitment and business ethical behaviour (r =0.393, p < 0.01) and (ii) ethical intervention and business ethical behaviour (r = 0.609, p < 0.01) and ethical business behaviour. Combinations of religious commitment and ethical intervention predict the ethical business behaviour of future managers. (R2 = 0.405, F =77.169, p< 0.001). The study recommends that more ethical related courses should be added to the curriculum of future managers, while commitment to religious activity should be encouraged in both academic institutions as well as business organisations.