The Effect Of Gender On The Perception Of Ethical Behaviour In Nigeria.

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Ajibolade, S.O.
Ogunleye, O.J.
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The Nigerian corporate world is clearly in need of a solution to the increasing trend of unethical practices that have led to the distress or even closure of many Nigerian companies. Prior studies have suggested that greater representation of women in government, or in market, work, may lower the level of corruption. This study therefore investigates the relationship between gender and perception of ethical behavior among Nigerian Managers. Data are obtained from 101 Nigerian managers, using a questionnaire constructed on a five-point scale and bases on ten hypothetical questionable business acts. These are analysed using means and t-test. The results indicate no significant differences at p < 0.05 in the perceptions of ethical behavior among males and females in six of the ten hypothetical situations provides. The ethical perceptions are found to be generally low among the two sexes with means greater than 4.0 in only two of the situations. The study concludes in support of the prediction in the structural explanation of gender effect; that as women becomes more entrenched in the work place, they will exhibit the same priorities on a wide range of occupational attributes as men. Attention needs to be devoted to promoting a culture in which unethical behaviour cannot thrive. business managers, ethical perception. 8.
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Unethical Behaviour , Gender Differences
AjiboIade,S.O. and Ogunleye,O.J. (2009) The Effect of Gender On The Perception of Ethical Behaviour In Nigeria. The Nigerian Academic Forum . Vol. 17, (2).