Ethics of Business or Ethics for Business? Two Models for Teaching Business Ethics
Cracow University of Economics
May 01, 2012
Management and Business Administration - Central Europe, No. 3, pp. 42-49, 2012
The aim of this article is to present two models for teaching business ethics: ethics of business and ethics for business. In the article, I defend the thesis that business ethics taught in corporations (ethics for business) is not a simple continuation of academic instruction (ethics of business) and should not be treated as such. To justify the foregoing thesis, I refer to both theoretical and empirical research carried out by business ethicists, as well as to my own experience as an academic teacher. Taking into consideration the differences that occur between the two models of teaching business ethics, and also the threats associated with implementing ethics programs in companies, I conclude that in-company business ethics instruction does not constitute a continuation of academic instruction. This study and conclusion can help to improve the process of teaching business ethics at both academic and corporate levels.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: business ethics, corporate ethics program, instrumental approach, moral autonomy
JEL Classification: M14Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 12, 2012
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