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Educating students in corporate responsibility means making sure they think critically and recognize that ethical issues are inherent in all business decisions, says an educator. “Corporate culture must support all employees to think critically about every decision and action, every day,” she writes. “Being motivated simply to avoid prosecution is not the same as behaving ethically—and it’s often not even a good way to avoid sanctions.”
Social and environmental impact is increasingly being integrated into the curricula of leading international MBA programs, according to the latest survey by Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. “The core curriculum is changing,” reports the survey. “There is a striking increase in content on social, ethical and environmental issues in required courses across departments.”
Business Ethics Magazine Editor and Publisher Michael Connor will be a keynote speaker at the 2010 McGowan Symposium on Leadership & Ethics on Saturday, November 6, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The Symposium is expected to attract an audience of prominent business leaders, government and agency officials, deans and students from top business schools, and members of the media.
When companies cross ethical lines, a common assumption is that employees don’t speak up because their moral compass has gone haywire. But it may be more complicated than that. A new book by business professor and consultant Mary C. Gentile argues that most people want to do the right thing. They just don’t know how.
Rich Lyons, Dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses values and ethics with The Wall Street Journal.
When students return to campus in coming weeks, so will debate about the purpose of management education and the role of ethics. Columnist Gael O’Brien wonders whether current business leaders will support training new leaders in skills and competencies that support new models of business – or will it be simply business as usual?
Harvard Business School professor Nitin Nohria has been a faculty leader of the movement to adopt an MBA Oath, a voluntary pledge for graduating and current MBAs to “create value responsibly and ethically.”
The director of a leading graduate education program in responsible business thinks the key to corporate responsibility is integration of sustainable thinking and action into day-to-day business as well as students’ coursework – but achieving that “represents a fundamental shift in the way companies are run and what students are taught.”
Jeanette Purcell, CEO of the Association of MBAs, says the economic downturn has fueled much debate about where the blame lies for the financial crisis we’re in. Some critics have pointed the finger at business schools which, it is argued, have been teaching the wrong things to MBA students and neglecting topics such as risk management, corporate governance and business ethics. These criticisms, counters Purcell, overlook the significant changes in business schools that have taken place over the past decade.
Garth Saloner, dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business, talks with The Wall Street Journal’s Diana Middleton about the growing focus on corporate social responsibility in its business school curriculum and why it’s important.