Bridging the gap between theory and practice: Using the 1991 federal sentencing guidelines as a paradigm for ethics training [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 29 (1-2):77 - 84 (2001)
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Although Business Ethics has become a topic of wide discussion in both academia and the corporate world, questions remain as how to present ethical issues in a manner that will effectively influence the decisions and behavior of business employees. In this paper we argue that the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (FSG) offer a unique opportunity for bridging the gap between the theory and practice of business ethics. We first explain what the FSG are and how they apply to organizations. We then show how discussions of the FSG might be used in business ethics courses in a way that is both theoretically sound and practically applicable. Finally, we show how the requirements of the FSG can be used by companies to develop effective ethical compliance programs. As such, we maintain that the FSG provide a powerful heuristic tool for the teaching and training of business ethics.



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Abe Zakhem
Seton Hall University
Daniel E. Palmer
Kent State University