ERIC Number: ED307935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: 0
Ethics in the Business Curriculum at the Community College.
Arguing for the inclusion of ethics instruction in community college business curricula, this paper addresses the crisis in ethical values affecting the United States today and offers suggestions regarding the content and methods of ethics instruction for business students. The first sections cite newspaper headlines and examples of dishonest business practices to illustrate the need for a moral reorientation in business, discuss the new ethics movement in business, and examine ways in which corporate ethics are instilled and maintained. The next section reviews educators' efforts to teach business ethics either in specially designed courses or as ethical questions integrated into other courses. Approaches based on pragmatism, the "crime-of-the-moment," and efforts to teach business as a profession with duties and responsibilities are highlighted. The paper reviews community college business students' responses to questions about business ethics and provides materials and suggestions for the development of an ethics module in an introductory business administration course. Workable definitions and principles of ethics, sources of ethics in religious doctrines, reasons for the lack of ethics in business, teaching objectives and techniques, types of unethical activities, the development of a code of ethics, competing forces that affect ethical standards, and guidelines for ethical behavior are considered. Sample discussion questions and term projects are included. (ALB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.