The value of experiential and action learning in business ethics education

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This paper develops an interpretive framework around ethical learning by using qualitative methods to examine the collective impact of ELA and CAL on student learning of ethics. The aim is to determine not only the effectiveness of two ethical learning theories but also the student ‘needs’ being fulfilled. To understand their perceptions, we collected students’ personal narratives through focus groups and semi-structured interviews post participation on the experiential and action learning activities. Results indicate that teaching through ELAs and CAL in business ethics lead to social benefits and co-creation which portrayed improved engagement with peers, academics and industry. The outcomes suggest that instead of focussing on teaching ethics, the curriculum should provide opportunities for developing interaction with peers, academics and the society and engage students in real time hands on projects to experience and learn about ethics and the consequences of unethical behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-32
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of business ethics education
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Business ethics
  • Business education
  • Social benefits
  • Co-creation
  • Critical Action Learning
  • Experiential learning


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