Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 155, Issue 4, pp 1009–1032 | Cite as

Integrative Live Case: A Contemporary Business Ethics Pedagogy

  • G. Venkat Raman
  • Swapnil GargEmail author
  • Sneha Thapliyal
Original Paper


Disparate attempts exist to identify the key components that make an ethics pedagogy more effective and efficient. To integrate these attempts, a review of 408 articles published in leading journals is conducted. The key foci of extant literature are categorized into three domains labeled as approach (A), content (C), and delivery (D), and a comprehensive framework (ACD) for ethics pedagogy developed. Within each of these domains, binaries that reflect two alternatives are identified. Approach, the philosophical standpoint, can be theory-laden or real-world connected. Content, the constituencies addressed, can have a focus on breadth or depth. Delivery, the execution of the adopted pedagogy, can be traditional or innovative. The review of articles also identifies the lack of pedagogies that comprehensively focus on all the binaries across domains. The other substantive contribution of this article addresses this gap by developing a generic pedagogy—Integrative Live Case—based on the ACD framework. Based on an incident that is currently unfolding, this pedagogy allows integration of binaries across the three domains. It also allows for a modular course plan that can accommodate varied pedagogical preferences. Volkswagen Dieselgate is presented as a stylized example to showcase the significant advantages of using this pedagogy.


ACD framework Binaries Business ethics Dieselgate Domains Live case Pedagogy Volkswagen 


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Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Venkat Raman
    • 1
  • Swapnil Garg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sneha Thapliyal
    • 1
  1. 1.Indian Institute of Management IndoreIndoreIndia

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