Ethical Compatibility of Small Business Owners/Entrepreneurs and Student Consultants


  • Harriet Buckman Stephenson Seattle University
  • Sharon Galbraith Seattle University


This study focuses on value judgments and  ethical positions of student consultants and small business owner/entrepreneur clients. The value judgments, ethical positions and underlying  value orientations of the two groups  are quite similar. However , the expressed perceptions of the ethical values of others are considerably different from  the respondents'  own values. The  potential   impact  of  these  differences  on  the  effectiveness  of  the  consulting  process   is explored . Ways to clarify perceptual differences are proposed . The findings from this study should have direct implications for consultants, small business  owners,  entrepreneurs, educators, and other individuals involved in small  business practices.


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Stephenson, H. B., & Galbraith, S. (1993). Ethical Compatibility of Small Business Owners/Entrepreneurs and Student Consultants. Journal of Small Business Strategy (archive Only), 4(1), 41–58. Retrieved from