Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 73–87

The Impact of Business Education on Moral Judgment Competence: An Empirical Study

  • David E. Desplaces
  • David E. Melchar
  • Laura L. Beauvais
  • Susan M. Bosco
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9221-3

Cite this article as:
Desplaces, D.E., Melchar, D.E., Beauvais, L.L. et al. J Bus Ethics (2007) 74: 73. doi:10.1007/s10551-006-9221-3

Abstract

This study uses theories of moral reasoning and moral competence to investigate how university codes of ethics, perceptions of ethical culture, academic pressure from significant others, and ethics pedagogy are related to the moral development of students. Results suggest that ethical codes and student perceptions of such codes affect their perceptions of the ethical nature of the cultures within these institutions. In addition, faculty and student discussion of ethics in business courses is significantly and positively related to moral competence among students. Our results point to the need to further examine the connections among academic institutional structures, ethics pedagogy, and students’ moral development.

Keywords

business education ethical culture ethics teaching moral competence moral judgment moral reasoning 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • David E. Desplaces
    • 1
  • David E. Melchar
    • 2
  • Laura L. Beauvais
    • 3
  • Susan M. Bosco
    • 2
  1. 1.Barney School of BusinessUniversity of HartfordHartfordU.S.A.
  2. 2.Gabelli School of BusinessRoger Williams UniversityBristolU.S.A.
  3. 3.College of Business AdministrationUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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