By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Founding Editor, bSci21.org
AccountingWeb recently reported on a study by the Ethics Resource Center titled Generational Differences in Workplace Ethics that “showed unexpected and disturbing findings that may portend a future downward shift in business ethics.”
The study examined the ethics of four generational groups: the Traditionalists (born 1925-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Gen Xers (born 1965-1980), and Millenials (born 1981-2000). A brief summary of the main findings (as reported on AccountingWeb.com) are as follows:
1) The younger the worker, the more his or her perceptions about ethics will be influenced by social interaction.
For a recent take on ethics and values from a behavioral perspective see Ruiz and Broche (2007) article “Values and the Scientific Culture of Behavior Analysis.”
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