Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 117–135

An Analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Identity and Ethics Teaching in Business Schools

  • Nelarine Cornelius
  • James Wallace
  • Rana Tassabehji

DOI: 10.1007/s10551-006-9271-6

Cite this article as:
Cornelius, N., Wallace, J. & Tassabehji, R. J Bus Ethics (2007) 76: 117. doi:10.1007/s10551-006-9271-6


Recent events have raised concerns about the ethical standards of public and private organisations, with some attention falling on business schools as providers of education and training to managers and senior␣executives. This paper investigates the nature of, motivation and commitment to, ethics tuition provided by the business schools. Using content analysis of their institutional and home websites, we appraise their corporate identity, level of engagement in socially responsible programmes, degree of social inclusion, and the relationship to their ethics teaching. Based on published research, a schema is developed with corporate identity forming an integral part, to represent the macro-environment, parent institution, the business school and their relationships to ethics education provision. This is validated by our findings.


business schoolscorporate identitycorporate social responsibilityethicsMBA programme



Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International


Corporate Identity


Corporate Social Responsibility


Ethics Education Task Force


Master of Business Administration


Executive Master of Business Administration

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nelarine Cornelius
    • 1
  • James Wallace
    • 2
  • Rana Tassabehji
    • 2
  1. 1.Brunel Business SchoolBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK
  2. 2.School of ManagementUniversity of BradfordBradfordUK