The Goals and Merits of a Business Ethics Competency Exam
- Earl W. Spurgin
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My university recently established a business ethics competency exam for graduate business students. The exam is designed to test whether students can demonstrate several abilities that are indicative of competency in business ethics. They are the abilities to “speak the language” of business ethics, identify business ethics issues, apply theories and concepts to issues, identify connections among theories and concepts as they relate to different issues, and construct and critically evaluate arguments for various positions on business ethics issues. Through this paper, I hope to begin a discussion among business ethicists about both the merits of a competency exam and what the format of such an exam should be. I attempt to do this by explaining the reasons why my institution adopted a competency exam, the goals and purposes of the exam, the format of the exam, and why I believe the exam has merit.
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- The Goals and Merits of a Business Ethics Competency Exam
Journal of Business Ethics
Volume 50, Issue 3 , pp 279-288
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- business ethics
- case analysis
- competency exam
- ethical concepts
- ethical issues
- ethical theories
- exam format
- exam goals
- graduate business programs
- undergraduate business programs
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- Earl W. Spurgin (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights, OH, 44118, U.S.A.