Friday, September 16, 2016

[083] ‘MTSU On the Record’ looks at materialism vs. integrity in college students

MURFREESBORO — The likelihood of college students to employ business ethics outside the classroom is the focus of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program, which is moving to new airtimes on its regular days.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Tom Tang, a professor in the Department of Management, will air at the program’s new times, from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, on WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5 and

Tang’s study, which was published in the February 2016 issue of the “Journal of Business Ethics,” explores the impact of a chapter of business ethics in a college business course.

The professor found that this brief introduction to business ethics results in a positive relationship to students’ personal values toward making money, but those whose high love of money is deeply rooted in their value system because of how they were raised do not change their appreciation of business ethics greatly as a result of the instruction.

“According to my data, personal values (don’t) change that much,” said Tang. “So (business ethics education is) very important. We need to continue focusing on experiential things a little bit more in order to sink it in.”

Tang asserts that “a long-term organization development program is needed to break down students’ resistance to change and enhance students’ ethical decision-making.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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