Faculty Publications

Title

Ethics perceptions of American Farmers: An empirical analysis

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Business Ethics

Volume

13

Issue

10

First Page

795

Last Page

802

Abstract

A 123 item survey of ethics perceptions of Farmers had 796 respondents. Of these, 517 (64.9%) felt that farm ethics had gotten worse. A discriminant analysis employed to offer insight into the extent and nature of group differences produced 22 independent variables along with an adequate increase in classification results above expectations due to chance. These variables reflect a division between the outside business and political world and the concerns of farmers. The responses suggest an appreciation by the respondents of the interdependence of their business actions with their neighbors. The results are also suggestive of both an absolute and a relative ethics component. Further research on the relevance of communitarian ethics is suggested. © 1994 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Original Publication Date

10-1-1994

DOI of published version

10.1007/BF00876260

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