Xuan Le Thi Thanh

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By employing and adopting measures from the studies of Han, Park et al. (2013) and Valentine and Fleischman (2008), the present study aims to examine students’ awareness of professional ethics. Students with different majors are the studied subjects. Reviewing the literature and conducting an empirical survey shows some noteworthy points. Firstly, not much can be found on professional ethics in Vietnam, in terms of academic studies and instructions (i.e. codes of conduct) for occupations. Secondly, from students’ perspectives, individual ethical standards do not play any role in their awareness of professional ethics. As a consequence, a systematic educational program of professional ethics requires priority significantly.


Professional ethics, individual organizational factors, students, Vietnam


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