Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 96, Issue 3, pp 383–401 | Cite as

Use of a “Coping-Modeling, Problem-Solving” Program in Business Ethics Education

  • Sheldene K SimolaEmail author


During the last decade, scholars have identified a number of factors that pose significant challenges to effective business ethics education. This article offers a “coping-modeling, problem-solving” (CMPS) approach (Cunningham, 2006) as one option for addressing these concerns. A rationale supporting the use of the CMPS framework for courses on ethical decision-making in business is provided, following which the implementation processes for this program are described. Evaluative data collected from N = 101 undergraduate business students enrolled in a third year required course on ethical decision-making in business indicated that the CMPS model is a promising alternative for both overcoming teaching challenges and for facilitating skill acquisition in the areas of ethical recognition, judgment, and action. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

Key words

business ethics education “coping-modeling, problem-solving” ethical decision-making program evaluation 


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I thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Trent University Learning Innovation and Academic Innovation Funds for grants that supported this project. I thank Nicholas Silieff and Devon Hurvid for their assistance throughout the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trent UniversityPeterboroughCanada

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