Type of Submission

Refereed Article


This study attempted to determine the major influences on financial executives’ ethical behavior. A random sample of financial executives was asked to indicate how strongly their ethical belief system was influenced by various family factors as well as institutional factors. Respondents also reported on how strongly their ethical belief systems were influenced by various college or university courses that they completed. Findings in the study indicate that parents are by far the most important influence on controller’s ethical behavior. Spouses rank as the second most important influence followed by immediate supervisors at work. These influences, however, do not appear to make a large difference in how financial executives responded to hypothetical ethical dilemmas.