SECTION 12:

 

APPENDIX D:

 

2003 FACULTY

 

QUESTIONNAIRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email: MFPCT@wiu.edu

 

Department of

Marketing/Finance

Macomb, Illinois 61455-1369

(309) 298-1401

 

 

DATE:              December 11, 2003

 

TO:                  College of Business Dean

 

FROM:             _____________________

                       Paul C. Thistlethwaite

                       Professor of Marketing

 

RE:                   Ethics Survey

 

This survey is conducted for the American National Business Hall of Fame as part of its continuing study of ethics in American business. The first study of corporate executives was conducted in 1983.  Other studies of businesses, faculty and students were conducted in 1988, 1989 and 1995, respectively.  Based on this information, articles have been published in the Journal of Business Leadership.  The website is “anbhf.org”. 

 

As a professor of Marketing and a member of the ANBHF Board, I am conducting a follow-up study of administrators and faculty views of ethics to determine how attitudes have changed over the past few years. The primary purpose of this survey is to allow you to tell us in the academic community about ethical beliefs and practices related to business. Thank you for investing your time in this project.  The results should help our students enter the job market better prepared to handle the ethical aspects of their work.

 

Your assistance is needed in two ways:  1. Please complete the survey and return it in the postage paid envelope provided with the survey;  and 2. Please give the other survey envelopes to 3 of your faculty members so they can complete and return the survey.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.  If you have any questions, my telephone number is (309) 298-1401.  My email is    MFPCT@wiu.edu.

 

 

 

 

DATE:              October 29, 2003

 

TO:                  Faculty

 

FROM:             _____________________

                       Paul C. Thistlethwaite

                       Professor of Marketing

 

RE:                   Ethics Survey

 

This survey is conducted for the American National Business Hall of Fame as part of its continuing study of ethics in American business. The first study of corporate executives was conducted in 1983.  Other studies of businesses, faculty and students were conducted in 1988, 1989 and 1995, respectively.  Based on this information, articles have been published in the Journal of Business Leadership.  The website is “anbhf.org”. 

 

As a professor of Marketing and a member of the ANBHF Board, I am conducting a follow-up study of administrators and faculty views of ethics to determine how attitudes have changed over the past few years. The primary purpose of this survey is to allow you to tell us in the academic community about ethical beliefs and practices related to business. Thank you for investing your time in this project.  The results should help our students enter the job market better prepared to handle the ethical aspects of their work.

 

We asked your Dean to select 3 faculty members to participate in this survey.  We will greatly appreciate your assistance in completing it.  Return it in the postage paid envelope provided with the survey.  Thank you for your willingness to assist us.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.  If you have any questions, my telephone number is (309) 298-1401.  My email is    MFPCT@wiu.edu

 

 

ATTITUDES ABOUT ETHICS IN BUSINESS

October 2003

 

There are no right or wrong answers because we are dealing with values.  Circle the answer that best matches
your feelings about that statement.
StronglyAgree Agree NoOpinion Disagree StronglyDisagree

 

The corporation has a responsibility to …

 

  1.       take the lead in solving major social problems such as pollution, discrimination, and safety. SA A NO D SD

 

  2.       not become involved in solving social problems unless doing so becomes a cost of doing             business or the opportunity to earn a profit. SA A NO D SD

 

  3.       get involved in social responsibility projects because outside pressures make such an             involvement a cost of doing business. SA A NO D SD

 

  4.       promote equal opportunity in hiring and promotion. SA A NO D SD

 

  5.       promote conservation of energy, even if doing so means a reduction in profits. SA A NO D SD

 

  6.       conserve natural resources, even if doing so means a reduction in profits. SA A NO D SD

 

  7.       clean up or avoid causing air, noise and water pollution, even if doing so means a             reduction in profits. SA A NO D SD

 

  8.       contribute money and management time to civic activities in communities where the firm             has plants or offices. SA A NO D SD

 

  9.       help minority-owned businesses. SA A NO D SD

 

10.        be truthful in advertising. SA A NO D SD

 

Other Issues

 

11.        The typical business executive has two sets of ethical standards, one which he/she             applies to business activities and another which is applied to his/her private life. SA A NO D SD

 

12.        Ethical standards in business are lower than in government. SA A NO D SD

 

13.        Ethical standards in business are lower than in most religious organizations. SA A NO D SD

 

14.        Ethical standards in business are lower than in the typical American family. SA A NO D SD

 

15.        The ethical standards used in business are as high as those practiced with family and friends. SA A NO D SD

 

16.        Occasionally, business people make decisions that are right for business but which are             inconsistent with their personal ethical principles. SA A NO D SD

 

17.        Much advertising done by business is misleading to the consumer. SA A NO D SD

 

18.        Effective advertising may have to be somewhat misleading. SA A NO D SD

 

19.        It is in the long run self interest of business to protect the customer. SA A NO D SD

 

20.        The average customer is less ethical in dealing with business than the business is in             dealing with that customer. SA A NO D SD

 

21.        No employee should be required to engage in business practices that the employee             considers unethical. SA A NO D SD

 

22.        In accepting an employment offer each employee implicitly agrees to abide by the ethical standards of the employer, even if the company standards differ from those of the employee. SA A NO D SD

 

23.        Wages and salaries should vary according to an employee’s productivity. SA A NO D SD

 

24.        Wages and salaries should vary according to both the employee’s productivity and years             of service with the firm. SA A NO D SD

 

25.        Wages and salaries should vary primarily with the employee’s years of service with the firm. SA A NO D SD

 

26.        Labor unions serve a useful purpose by prodding a particular management into fulfilling             its responsibilities to labor. SA A NO D SD

 

27.        The corporation should seek to maximize short-run profits. SA A NO D SD

 

28.        The corporation should seek to earn a satisfactory rate of return for stockholders. SA A NO D SD

 

29.        The ethical standards in competition are determined by the least ethical competitor.  If             one firm engages in unethical conduct, the others will have to follow to survive. SA A NO D SD

 

Business executives are greatly influenced by:
30.        Peer group pressures SA A NO D SD
31.        Prevailing industry practice SA A NO D SD
32.        Perceived preference of top executives SA A NO D SD
33.        Family Experiences SA A NO D SD
34.        Church experiences SA A NO D SD
35.        Educational experiences SA A NO D SD
36.        Company’s ethical code or policy SA A NO D SD
37.        Professional ethical code SA A NO D SD
38.        Society’s moral climate SA A NO D SD
Other Issues
39.        All institutions in our society should seek to promote the interests of individuals. SA A NO D SD
40.        Individual freedom may have to be partly restricted in order for organizations to effectively function. SA A NO D SD
41.        The government should redistribute income in order to assure a minimum standard of             living for all citizens. SA A NO D SD
42.        Government should provide incentives for business to get involved in solving social problems. SA A NO D SD
43.        Truth in lending regulations are needed to protect the customer. SA A NO D SD
44.        Antitrust laws prohibiting price fixing benefit the customer. SA A NO D SD
45.        Lazy or incompetent employees should be fired. SA A NO D SD
46.        A company should have formal policies to guarantee that every employee has an equal             opportunity for promotion, pay increases, and other rewards provided by the firm. SA A NO D SD
47.        The corporation should seek to maximize long run profits. SA A NO D SD
                   

 

Demographic Characteristics
1.         Did you ever take a formal course in ethics or moral philosophy?   1.  Yes                      2.   No
2.         What is your title?         1.  Dean         2.  Associate Dean      3.  Faculty      4.  Other _____________
3.         What is your gender?                             1.  Male                      2.  Female
4.         What is the general nature of your university?                 1.       Regional university        (undergraduate only)                              2.       Regional university (undergraduate and masters) 3.       Doctoral granting university
5.         What is your general area of teaching?  _____________________________________

Thank you for your assistance.  Please return to Paul Thistlethwaite, Dept of Mktg/Finance, WIU, Macomb, Il. 61455.