A step forward: Ethics education matters!

Lau, C. L. L. (2010) A step forward: Ethics education matters! Journal of Business Ethics, 92 (4). pp. 565-584. ISSN 01674544 (ISSN)

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Ethics education matters! Contrary to some common beliefs that ethical behavior is inborn, this study suggests that education does matter. This paper examines ethics education and its relationship with students' ethical awareness and moral reasoning. Attitudes Towards Business Ethics Questionnaire and 10 vignettes were deployed as the major measurement instruments. It is hypothesized that students with ethics education will have both a greater ethical awareness and ability to make more ethical decisions. Hypotheses were tested in two undergraduate business courses at a major research university where 707 students were sampled. Results suggest that ethics education improved students' ethical awareness and moral reasoning. Interestingly, results also seem to show that students' readiness moderated their learning outcomes. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Business ethics; Ethical awareness; Ethics education; JUSTICE framework; Moral reasoning; Readiness
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 09:51
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2717

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