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ERIC Number: ED367881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Teaching Business Ethics: A Practical Guide and Case Studies. SBDC Professional Enrichment.
Collins, Denis; Page, Laura V.
This teaching guide is for instructors who wish to include a discussion of ethical dilemmas in their regular business seminars and workshops. It discusses why it is essential to teach ethics and how to do so. It reviews the format of specially annotated ethics cases that are designed to help teach business ethics and shows how to use them. These steps for guiding an ethics discussion are described: (1) participants provide their own written response to the ethical dilemma; (2) participants are divided into groups, where they present their answers and work to reach group consensus on what to do and why; (3) a member of each group writes the group's answer on a flip chart or chalkboard; (4) for each group response, participants discuss the five ethical analysis questions; (5) participants discuss what policies/procedures/reward systems might be adopted to improve the situation for the future; (6) participants discuss in greater detail the key issues; and (7) participants discuss their responses to the ethical dilemma based on five ethical theories. Step 7 is presented in a section that provides an analytical framework for exploring ethical dilemmas. It discusses the stakeholder concept and five ethical theories: egoism, social group relativism, cultural relativism, utilitarianism, and deontology. The two business ethics discussion cases focus on job layoff and the pricing dilemma. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Business Administration Education, Case Studies, Codes of Ethics, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Moral Values, Teaching Guides
Small Business Development Center, 432 North Lake Street, Room 425, Madison, WI 53706 (reprint no. AR273: 1-9 copies, $4 each plus $2 shipping; 10-99, $3 each plus $4 shipping; 100 or more, $2 each plus $10 shipping).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Business Ethics
Note: Small Business Forum, volume 10, number 1, p63-80, Spring 1992 (reprints).