Research has shown that business students are less ethical than students in other disciplines (Segal et al., 2011), which is a worrying finding, considering that unethical business practices are seen as a major feature leading to the world economic recession in 2008. However, business schools across the globe have consistently taught the subject of ethics in order to instil an ethical mind-set in their graduates. The way business ethics is embedded in the curriculum has been the subject of much debate, with a range of pedagogical approaches taken. This paper examines the current teaching of ethics, by examining two business programmes that take different pedagogical approaches at Cork Institute of Technology. The findings suggest that there is little difference in how business ethics is perceived by students regardless of how it is taught, and points to ethical values and principles being formed much earlier in a person’s life.
Murphy, Colette and Murray, Dr. Noel
"After the Crash: Examining Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching Business Ethics,"
Irish Business Journal: Vol. 10:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://sword.cit.ie/irishbusinessjournal/vol10/iss1/2