Is the study of ethics important for future managers? : a study on students' perceptions
Author(s)University of Western Sydney
Chapman, R. L. (Ross L.)
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Conference 21st 4-7 Dec. 2007 Sydney, N.S.W.
University of Western Sydney
College of Business
School of Management
KeywordsBusiness and Management (1503)
study and teaching (higher)
University of Western Sydney
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The training of ethical managers is an issue that has been the object of extensive research since the 1970s. While there does not seem to be a consensus in the field on how business ethics should be taught, there is a general agreement that ethics should be an integral part of curricula in business schools. But what do students in management schools think about studying ethics in preparation for their professional life? This paper addresses this question through the examination of the preliminary findings of a qualitative study carried out in May 2007 at the School of Management, University of Western Sydney, Australia. The study investigated students’ perceptions on the inclusion of ethics as a topic in a subject of a bachelor of business management degree. The first part of the paper defines ethics and provides a brief overview of the main theoretical perspectives on this notion. The second part discusses the findings of the study in the light of these theoretical perspectives, and other themes that emerged in the research.
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