Teaching Ethics in the Business Classroom: Is Anybody Listening?

Jane Sojka & Ashok Gupta

Although the inclusion of ethics in the business curriculum is becoming increasingly important, little is known about the impact classroom discussion of ethics has had on student sensitivity to ethical issues. Using both self-assessment and objective assessment measures, this research found that students who had been exposed to ethics in five or more classes considered themselves more knowledgeable about ethics and reported a higher confidence in their ability to make ethical decisions than students who had less exposure to ethics in business courses. In addition, students with increased exposure to ethics in the classroom were found to be more sensitive to business ethics and consumer ethics than students with less classroom exposure. Areas for future research on this topic are suggested.

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