Teaching Business Ethics

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 411–433

Three approaches to teaching business ethics

  • G.J. Rossouw

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021159310821

Cite this article as:
Rossouw, G. Teaching Business Ethics (2002) 6: 411. doi:10.1023/A:1021159310821


The question on what the purpose of teachingbusiness ethics should be, never fails todivide opinion. In this article three basicpositions taken with regard to this questionare distinguished. They are the cognitivecompetence, the behavioural competence and themanagerial competence positions. Once the coreof each these positions has been identified,the ontological presuppositions underlying eachof them is retrieved. It is then argued thatthese three positions and their accompanyingpresuppositions should not be regarded as rivalpositions, but as complementary approaches inteaching business ethics. Finally the teachingstrategies required by each of these threepositions are discussed.

behavioural competence Business Ethics cognitive competence managerial competence teaching teaching strategies 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • G.J. Rossouw
    • 1
  1. 1.Rand Afrikaans UniversityAucklandparkSouth Africa

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