Ethics Integration across the Business Curriculum

TitleEthics Integration across the Business Curriculum
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBurns, DJ, Gupta, PB
JournalTeaching Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThis study considers the impact that the ethics curriculum in Business Core classes has upon Business students' ethical reasoning. Data collected utilizing an electronic survey considered students' Perceived Moral Intensity, Ethical Values, Perceived Ethical Values of the Faculty and the exposure to ethics education in Business Core courses. Results showed a positive correlation between students' Personal Ethical Values and their degree of Moral Intensity, but did not support that more business classes and students' perception of faculty ethical values increase Moral Intensity. This study contributes to the ongoing attempt to develop efficient means of assessing Business students' ethical reasoning. Limitations included a population limited to undergraduate business students in one institution and ethical scenarios dealing only with individual ethical situations. The results suggest a longitudinal replication of this study utilizing this study's sample frame, studying results from other institutions and programs, and incorporating organizational level ethical scenarios into the study.