ERIC Number: ED343185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-2
Reference Count: N/A
Ethical Issues in the Consulting Context--Ethics in Presentation Skills Training.
Ray, Rebecca L.
In light of the huge volume of headline news stories that reflect ethical concerns from a variety of arenas, it is no wonder that ethics training is a hot topic. Research shows that many leading United States companies have written codes of ethics and/or instituted formal ethics training programs. In this paper, certain principles that have become guidelines for one consultant's practice are described. The principles provide, among other things, that: training will not be conducted if it is not needed; a session will not be canceled because of a promise of more money from another source seeking the service; more than can be delivered will not be promised; and each session will be tailored to a specific client or industry. Experience with presentation skills training demonstrates that the consultant should not hold sessions in a format or time period that is inadequate, and should try to change the mindset of a client who insists on an abbreviated format. An assignment should be rejected if it would require association with a poor training session. If the client's motivation in engaging the consultant appears to be questionable, the consultant should not undertake the project. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Business Ethics; Consultant Role
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).