Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 12, pp 1325-1335

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Challenges in Teaching Business Ethics: Using Role Set Analysis of Early Career Dilemmas

  • Janet S. Adams
  • , Claudia Harris
  • , Susan S. Carley

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Emphasis in business ethics texts and courses has generally focused on corporate and other relatively high-level ethical issues. However, business school graduates in early career stages report ethical dilemmas involving individual-level decisions, often including influence attempts from one or more members of their work role sets. This paper proposes the use of role set analysis as a pedagogical technique for helping individuals to anticipate and deal with early-career ethical issues.