Business Ethics as an Accreditation Requirement: A Knowledge Mapping Approach

Business Education & Accreditation, v. 5 (1) p. 17-30

14 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2013

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Rita A. Franks

Louisiana Tech University

Albert D. Spalding

Wayne State University

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Most of the more prominent and highly ranked business and management schools in the United States and elsewhere are accredited by one of two international accrediting organizations, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) or the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). Both of these organizations require the inclusion of business ethics in the curriculum of each accredited institution. “Business ethics,” however, is a concept that includes, overlaps or integrates with such notions as social issues in management, corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship and sustainability. Larger disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, the social sciences and even religion can also impact and interact with business ethics. This paper uses knowledge mapping to organize the various pockets of knowledge that comprise the business ethics domain, relying in part on traditional library science classification systems. The paper concludes that the accreditation regime would benefit from a more carefully constructed articulation of the content of business ethics.

Keywords: Business Ethics, Accreditation, Knowledge Mapping, Philosophy, Religion

JEL Classification: A2, M14, Z12

Suggested Citation

Franks, Rita A. and Spalding, Albert D., Business Ethics as an Accreditation Requirement: A Knowledge Mapping Approach (2013). Business Education & Accreditation, v. 5 (1) p. 17-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2155079

Rita A. Franks (Contact Author)

Louisiana Tech University ( email )

P.O. Box 3178
Ruston, LA 71272
United States

Albert D. Spalding

Wayne State University ( email )

5201 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

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