Researching and Improving the Effectiveness of Ethics Training

In: Lawton, A. van der Wal, Z. & Huberts, L. (Eds.). Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A global research companion. New York: Routledge, 198-212. 2015

25 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2015 Last revised: 23 Nov 2016

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Jeroen Maesschalck

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law

Annelies De Schrijver

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This chapter starts out with a review of existing evaluation research on ethics training. This not only generates some useful insights but also reveals some important methodological and theoretical problems. As for the latter, specifications of the main variables are often vague, resulting in equally vague hypotheses, difficult to falsify or corroborate. The chapter hopes to address these concerns by proposing a conceptualization of both the independent variable, ‘ethics training’, and dependent variable, ‘ethical competence’. These could constitute the main building blocks for a conceptual framework that can be used for cumulative evaluation research of very different ethics training programs with various training objectives.

Suggested Citation

Maesschalck, Jeroen and De Schrijver, Annelies, Researching and Improving the Effectiveness of Ethics Training (2015). In: Lawton, A. van der Wal, Z. & Huberts, L. (Eds.). Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A global research companion. New York: Routledge, 198-212. 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2653679

Jeroen Maesschalck (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Annelies De Schrijver

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

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