Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 88, Issue 2, pp 367–379

A Novel Approach to Business Ethics Training: Improving Moral Reasoning in Just a Few Weeks


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-008-9969-8

Cite this article as:
Jones, D.A. J Bus Ethics (2009) 88: 367. doi:10.1007/s10551-008-9969-8


I assessed change in students’ moral reasoning following five 75-min classes on business ethics and two assignments utilizing a novel pedagogical approach designed to foster ethical reasoning skills. To minimize threats to validity present in previous studies, an untreated control group design with pre- and post-training measures was used. Training (n = 114) and control (n = 76) groups comprised freshmen business majors who completed the Defining Issues Test before and after the training. Results showed that, controlling for pre-training levels of moral reasoning, students in the training group demonstrated higher levels of post-training principled moral judgment than students in the control group.


business ethics trainingmoral judgmentmoral reasoningDefining Issues Test

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of VermontBurlingtonU.S.A.