Value Orientations and Social Justice Perceptions of Social Science and Business Students in Croatia

By Marita Brčić Kuljiš and Niksa Alfirevic.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

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This paper explores the empirical analysis of a hypothesis related to the existence of significant differences among students of social science and business, as related to their value orientation(s) and worldview. Special attention is paid to the students’ perception of social justice and fairness. The paper firstly draws upon the existing results of value surveys, which are applicable to the student population. Further, it is hypothesized that significant differences in value orientations exist between students of business administration and social sciences/humanities, as well as that those differences can be linked to the decisions, relevant to their career choices. The human resource management implications, relevant for the successful motivation and performance management of the surveyed student population, will be identified as well. Methodology of the study is based on the Rokeach value survey, which has been validated and discussed multiple times since the 1970s. The methodological choice of the research instrument is based on the availability of comparable empirical research results in multiple countries and contexts, as well as on its validation in different fields of social science, including sociology, social psychology, anthropology, etc. The obtained results are analyzed and visualized by using the SPSS application software.

Keywords: Value Orientations, Social Science Students, Business Students, Justice, Rokeach Value Survey

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 12, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 744.344KB)).

Marita Brčić Kuljiš

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Split, Split, Croatia; Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia

Dr. Niksa Alfirevic

Full Professor of Management Studies, Faculty of Economics, University of Split, Split, Croatia; Assistant Professor of Sociological Subjects, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Split, Split, Croatia