Can Business Ethics Education Influence Practitioner Attitudes?: the Continuing Genesis of a Quantitative Investigation

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17th Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. Chicago, Illinois. Oct. 2010


Description: "The value-added in business ethics education is not a new concern; a sizable literature base exists that questions the outcomes achieved and pedagogies used. A subsequent stream of research has not produced comprehensive or definitive outcomes, with methodological, measurement, and a lack of generalizability issues most prevalent due to the fragmented nature of most studies. With a lack of pre-existing models to follow, a quantitative, empirically-based instrument is needed that will allow for a proper factor analysis and subsequent data manipulation to better understand the relationship between ethics education and organizational conduct. This manuscript attempts to address this void by operationalizing an ethical learning model developed in prior work by the author. Specifically, a 68 item survey has been developed based upon the findings of that model. Pre-ethics course and post-ethics course results of the survey suggest a five-factor model to measure the effectiveness of business ethics education. Subsequent regression analysis and a T-Test of changes in mean scores support a link between changes in ethical perspectives and formal ethical education. Ideas for longitudinally following ethical learning from the classroom to the workplace are discussed."

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