Gender Differences in Ethical Sensitivity in the Indian Business Context

  • Arun Antony Chully Christ Institute of Management, Lavasa


Ethical businesses can bring prosperity to society without creating harm to people or environment. Most of the huge corporate scams and frauds involve men in comparison to women. Many studies have found that women at the top management positions in businesses are more ethical than their male counterparts. In the context of growing number of women entering into the corporate world and decision-making positions of businesses, this study explores the question whether the ethical sensitivity of women is higher than that of men in the Indian context. Sample consists of 258 MBA students from 6 different business schools in the city of Bangalore. Study has used an adapted version of business ethical vignettes created by Longenecker, J. G., McKinney, J. A., & Moore, C. W. (1989). The results showed that the self-reported score of ethical sensitivity of female students is higher than that of their male counterparts. The study has significant implications in terms of promoting more women to the top positions of businesses which might result in more ethical business environment and probably a better and sustainable future for our country.



Christ Institute of Management, Lavasa, India


Bampton, R., & Maclagan, P. (2009). Does a 'care orientation' explain gender differences in ethical decision making? A critical analysis and fresh findings. Business Ethics: A European Review, 18 (2), 179 - 192.
Burns, C., & Krehely, J. (2013, June 2). Gay and Transgender People Face High Rates of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment. Retrieved October 18, 2013, from http:// issues/
Choudhary, C. (2011, July 27). 20 years later, India's transition is incomplete. Retrieved from news/ 2011-07-26/20-years-later-india-s-transformation-is-incomplete-world-view.html
Gilligan, C. (1993). In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Kray, L., Kennedy, J., & Ku, G. (2017, March 8). Are women more ethical than men? Retrieved from Greater Good Magazine: https://
Longenecker, J. G., Mckinney, J. A., & Moore, C. W. (1989). Ethics in small business. Journal of Small Business Management, 27 - 31.
Noddings, N. (2003). Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, 2nd edition. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Pal, A. (2012, May). Dark side of India's success. Retrieved October 18, 2013, from
Pianin, E. (2017, May 23). Data shows millennial women are dominating the current job market. Retrieved October 18, 2013, from
Wen, T. (2013, August 23). Do female CEOs behave more ethically? Retrieved October 18, 2013, from http://
Wolfe, L. (2017, September 11). Unequal pay is a form of gender discrimination. Retrieved from https://
How to Cite
CHULLY, Arun Antony. Gender Differences in Ethical Sensitivity in the Indian Business Context. Ushus - Journal of Business Management, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 3, p. 11-25, july 2017. ISSN 0975-3311. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 jan. 2019. doi:

Most read articles by the same author(s)

Obs.: This plugin requires at least one statistics/report plug-in to be enabled. If your statistics plugins provide more than one metric then please also select a main metric on the admin's site settings page and/or on the journal manager's settings pages.