More than lip service: The development and implementation plan of an ethics decision-making framework for an integrated undergraduate business curriculum [Book Review]

Journal of Academic Ethics 7 (4):231-254 (2009)
In the face of the business community’s widening concern about corporate ethical behavior, business schools are reexamining how they ensure that students appreciate the ethical implications of managerial decision making and have the analytical tools necessary to confront ethical dilemmas. The current approaches adopted by colleges vary from mere ‘lip service’ to embedding ethics at the core of the curriculum. This paper examines the experience of several US universities that have incorporated business ethics into their curricula. In particular, the paper describes the issues facing Central Washington University as it seeks to integrate ethical decision making into its core undergraduate business curriculum. Issues addressed include the technical challenges of establishing a common element of curriculum across the various business disciplines, determining the major conceptual foundations of ‘ethical thinking’ while recognizing students’ existing value systems, and how to obtain ‘buy in’ by faculty to the initiative.
Keywords Integrated ethics curriculum  Ethical decision making process  Business school ethics
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DOI 10.1007/s10805-010-9104-1
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