Higher Education ethics
ethics of the science
aim of university education
GE SubjectsGlobal ethics
Education and ethics
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Abstract"At this Fourth Convocation of the Godfrey Okoye University, we are challenged as a university, also through the contributions of this Inaugural Lecture to reflect on one core dimension of the raisön d’être and essence of a university. As is widely accepted, education is both a means to an end and an end in itself. It is also an economic game changer and the key to life’s many opportunities in the modern world. Permit me at this stage to ask the question: Why a University? To this question, there are many answers and they vary, like the old Latin would say: “Tot homines quot sententiae” – “As there are many people, so are there many opinions”. For Humboldt, a German philosopher and diplomat, “a university has to do with the "whole" community of scholars and students engaged in a common search for truth. For Newman, it was about teaching universal knowledge. For Robbins, an economist commissioned by the government of the time in the United Kingdom to draw up a report on the future of higher education, universities had four objectives: “instruction in skills, promotion of the general powers of the mind, advancement of learning, and transmission of a common culture and common standards of citizenship” (The Guardian, London, October 2011).What do these concepts translate to? Essentially the fact that a University is serious business which must fulfil among other services to the community, a component of being a “Knowledge and Value Provider. It stands or fails in its ability or inability to deliver on this criteria” (Ike, O/Nnoli-Edozien, N; Development is About People, Business is About Ethics; CIDJAP, 2003, p.70). According to the Magna Charta Universitatum: “The University is an autonomous institution at the heart of societies differently organised because of geography and historical heritage. It produces, examines, appraises and hands down culture by research and teaching”. "
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Ethical Issues in the Big Data IndustryMartin, Kirsten E (AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), 2015-05-28)Big Data combines information from diverse sources to create knowledge, make better predictions and tailor services. This article analyzes Big Data as an industry, not a technology, and identifies the ethical issues it faces. These issues arise from reselling consumers' data to the secondary market for Big Data. Remedies for the issues are proposed, with the goal of fostering a sustainable Big Data Industry.Click here for podcast summary (mp3)Click here for free 2-page executive summary (pdf)Click here for free presentation slides (pptx)
But What IS the 'Right Thing'?: Ethics and Information Systems in the Corporate DomainSmith, H. Jeff (AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), 2008-02-08)Information systems executives, and other executives, are often prodded to "do the right thing" when they face ethical quandaries. But how do they determine what is "right" ethically, especially when the ethical quandaries occur in the corporate domain? Some individuals rely solely on their own emotions, but they often have a hard time convincing rational thinkers to embrace their position. Other individuals rely on traditional philosophical theories, but this approach is seldom optimal in the corporate domain because the traditional philosophical theories do not specifically address the corporate setting. However, two theories do address ethical quandaries in the private sector: stockholder theory and stakeholder theory. This article discusses these two theories. Stockholder theory holds that executives should resolve ethical quandaries by taking actions that maximize the long-term profits to stockholders without violating the law or engaging in fraud or deception. Stakeholder theory claims that executives should resolve ethical quandaries by balancing stakeholder interests without violating the rights of any stakeholder. These theories are explored by first applying them to a specific real-world quandary: Blockbuster Video's reported plans to market its customer lists. Then the theories are applied to several other current quandaries. Finally, the article explores action steps for applying each theory.