How Teaching Business Ethics Makes a Difference: Findings from an Ethical Learning Model

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12th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics. New York, NY. 26-28 Oct. 2005


Description: "The presentation discussed findings from research conducted with undergraduate and graduate business students enrolled in business ethics courses. Using the Ignatian (Jesuit, Catholic) methodologies of self-reflection and 'discernment,' student perceptions of the relationship between ethical education and business conduct are examined before and after completing the course. Results from a sample of 195 students suggest that business ethics education can 1) raise students' ethical awareness; 2) shift attitudes about ethics; and 3) foster positive ethical behavior in life and work. These findings support a 4-stage 'ethical learning model that may be helpful for intensifying the effectiveness of business ethics pedagogy, curriculum, and practice. Several implications for linking business ethics education with the conduct and climate of business practice are discussed."

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