Dr. Damoah Obi Berko and Mr. Emmanuel Appiah Win Best Paper Award

Dr. Damoah Obi Berko and Mr. Emmanuel Appiah Win Best Paper Award
Mar 11, 2018

The paper titled "The Influence of Business Schools on the Ethical Behaviour of Students: A Study from Ghana" was accepted and presented at the 4th biennial conference, organised by the Africa Academy of Management from the 3rd to the 6th of January 2018, at Addis Ababa School of Commerce, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) was inaugurated in 2011 after three years of caucuses at the Academy of Management. It is a global organisation for academics and practitioners interested in advancing management education and research in Africa. It is currently an official affiliate of the Academy of Management, the first and the leading professional academic association across the world.

AFAM aims to foster the general advancement of knowledge and scholarship in the theory and practice of management among African scholars and/or academics interested in management and organisation issues in Africa. It performs and supports educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in the field of management within the African context. In addition to its conferences organised every two years, AFAM organises (1) Africa Faculty Development (AFD) workshops in between conferences which are for junior faculty and senior doctoral students of management and related disciplines in Africa, and (2) annual caucuses and sessions at the Academy of Management meetings in USA.

About the Paper

The paper titled "The Influence of Business Schools on the Ethical Behaviour of Students: A Study From Ghana" employed the structural equation modelling, coupled with focus group interviews to validate the hypotheses and the research questions developed from the literature review. The paper contended that because of the increase in students' enrolment across the world driven by enhanced private sector investment, advancement in information and communication technology, and international transportation there is presently an increase in higher education worldwide.

The paper goes on to argue that the unusual growth in higher education being witnessed by the world is not without risks; for example, there is a decline in academic standards (Prisacariu & Mahsood, 2016), aging academic staff (Prisacariu & Shah, 2016), limited resources (Shah & Nair, 2014), and increased in ethical and moral issues (Osipian, 2014; Prisacariu & Shah, 2016). Of the risks, Prisacariu & Shah (2016) argue that whilst the increase in ethical and moral issues appears to be one of the grave concerns, yet it is the least researched and addressed, both in policy and research fronts. Business schools in general are being blamed for the unethical and moral issues confronting the higher education sub-sector. It is being argued that much of corporate scandals that world is witnessing today are being perpetrated by the managers who obtained one MBA certificate or the other from business schools. For instance, a review of the top 50 business schools worldwide found that curricula in business schools place less emphasis on ethics education (Christensen et al., 2007). Implicitly, there is much emphasis on academic excellence and corporate efficiency in business schools and so the degree of moral awareness and ethical appreciation of students in business schools is presently argued to be low (Gioia and Corley, 2002; Scheneider, 2002). Yet not much systematic evidence exists to collaborate the assertion, thereby calling for a more research to address the issue.

 

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