Business as usual: business students' conceptions of ethics

Anna Reid, Paul Taylor, Peter Petocz

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There is continuing debate about how best to teach ethics to students in business, that is, how best to help them to develop the ethical aspects of their future profession. This debate has covered whether to teach ethics, what to teach and whether it has any effect on students’ views or future behaviour. For the most part, the views of the students themselves are in the minority. Yet it seems likely that the most effective pedagogical approaches would be those based on students’ own ideas of the nature of ethics and the role of ethical considerations in their studies and professional lives. The research we report here investigates the nature of such ideas in a cohort of students studying business at an Australian university. We discuss the pedagogical implications of our findings and conclude that approaches that encourage students to become ethicallyaware professionals are likely to be most useful.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational journal for the scholarship of teaching and learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Copyright 2011 by Georgia Southern University reproduced with permission from International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


  • business students
  • conceptions of ehtics
  • pedagogy
  • phenomenography


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