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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 53–62 | Cite as

Integrating Ethics Content into the Core Business Curriculum: Do Core Teaching Materials Do the Job?

  • Mark C. Baetz
  • David J. Sharp
Article

Abstract

Some business schools have integrated business ethics issues into their core functional courses rather than simply offering a separate ethics course. To accommodate such a strategy, functional faculty members usually teach ethical issues, a task for which they are rarely trained. However, learning materials are available: some core course textbooks provide additional coverage of ethics, and case studies (and accompanying teaching notes for instructors) are also available which cover ethical issues.

This paper reports on an analysis of these materials. We find that a sample of the leading textbooks provides only very superficial coverage of ethical issues. Cases provide a wide range of issues suitable for class discussion, but their teaching notes in many cases provide little guidance for instructors unfamiliar with teaching ethics. Thus there remains a need for teaching resources for business faculty new to teaching ethics.

integration learning resources teaching materials 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark C. Baetz
    • 1
  • David J. Sharp
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Business & EconomicsWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Richard Ivey School of BusinessThe University of western OntarioLondonCanada

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