Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 101–110

Using Student Generated Codes of Conduct in the Classroom to Reinforce Business Ethics Education


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-005-0273-6

Cite this article as:
Buff, C.L. & Yonkers, V. J Bus Ethics (2005) 61: 101. doi:10.1007/s10551-005-0273-6


This paper presents four different contexts in which students practiced implementing business ethics. Students were required to develop Codes of Conduct/Codes of Ethics as a classroom exercise. By developing these codes, students can improve their understanding of how and why codes of conduct are developed, designed, and implemented in the workplace. Using the three-phase content analysis process (McCabe et al.: 1999, The Journal of Higher Education70(2), 211–234), we identify a framework consisting of 10 classifications that can be used to assess learning outcomes in embedded ethics education. By analyzing the different content within each classification, instructors were able to gain a better understanding of differing application of ethical principles. This analysis indicates that there needs to be more research on codes of conduct for smaller units within an organization and more integration of work group codes of conduct into the business curriculum.

Key words

business educationcodes of conductcodes of ethicsethics educationgroup work

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Siena CollegeLoudonvilleU.S.A.