Objections to the teaching of business ethics

McDonald, Gael M. and Donleavy, Gabriel D. 1995, Objections to the teaching of business ethics, Journal of business ethics, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. 839-853.


Title Objections to the teaching of business ethics
Author(s) McDonald, Gael M.
Donleavy, Gabriel D.
Journal name Journal of business ethics
Volume number 14
Issue number 10
Start page 839
End page 853
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publication date 1995-10
ISSN 0167-4544
1573-0697
Summary To date the teaching of business ethics has been examined from the descriptive, prescriptive, and analytical perspectives. The descriptive perspective has reviewed the existence of ethics courses (e.g., Schoenfeldtet al., 1991; Bassiry, 1990; Mahoney, 1990; Singh, 1989), their historical development (e.g., Sims and Sims, 1991), and the format and syllabi of ethics courses (e.g., Hoffman and Moore, 1982). Alternatively, the prescriptive literature has centred on the pedagogical issues of teaching ethics (e.g., Hunt and Bullis, 1991; Strong and Hoffman, 1990; Reeves, 1990; Castro, 1989; George, 1987; Golenet al., 1985) and in providing recommendations for teachers of business ethics (e.g., Nappi, 1990; Hosmer and Steneck, 1989). From the analytical perspective judgments have been made as to whether courses in ethics are in fact effective in achieving value and attitudinal modifications in students (e.g., Loeb, 1991; Weber, 1990; Wynd and Mager, 1989; Pamental, 1989; Martin, 1982; Purcell, 1977). The evidence to date suggests that courses can be a means of achieving ethical awareness and sensitivity in students although it should be recognized that significant objections to the teaching of business ethics do exist and greatly inhibit their successful introduction. This paper addresses a number of the common objections to the teaching of business ethics that must be overcome if ethical programs are to continue in the future, and concludes with recommendations to facilitate the establishment of ethical training in an academic context.
Language eng
Field of Research 220102 Business Ethics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1995, Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Faculty of Business and Law
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