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Cheating behaviour among accounting students: Some Malaysian evidence

Ismail, Suhaiza and Yussof, Salwa Hana (2016) Cheating behaviour among accounting students: Some Malaysian evidence. Accounting Research Journal, 29 (1). pp. 20-33. E-ISSN 1030-9616

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Purpose – This study aims to examine the cheating behaviour among accounting students in terms of the extent of neutralization of cheating and the effectiveness of deterrents to cheating of cheaters and non-cheaters. It also aims to examine the differences in the cheating behaviour between males and females of cheaters and non-cheaters groups. Design/methodology/approach – Using a questionnaire survey on academic dishonesty developed by Haines et al. (1986) which was administered to accounting students, 435 usable responses were obtained and analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. In achieving the objectives, mean score, standard deviation and independent sample t-tests were performed. Findings – The results on the extent of cheating neutralization revealed that cheaters have significantly greater excuses to cheat than the non-cheaters. In addition, males have greater neutralization for cheating than females. In terms of the effectiveness of the deterrent to cheating measures, there were significant differences between cheaters and non-cheaters on the effectiveness of two deterrents to cheating measures. The comparison between males and females reveals significant differences between the two genders for cheating neutralization as well as the three cheating deterrents for both cheaters and non-cheaters groups. Originality/value – The present study does not only investigate the differences in the cheating behaviour between cheaters and non-cheaters in terms of neutralization and deterrents to cheating but also provides evidence on the cheating attitude based on gender.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5096/51102
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accounting students, cheating, cheating neutralisation, deterrents to cheating
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5601 Accounting. Bookkeeping
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Dr Salwa Hana Yussof
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 11:16
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 09:05
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/51102

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