Cross-Disciplinary Ethics Education in MBA Programs: Rhetoric or Reality?

Andreas Rasche, Dirk Ulrich Gilbert , Ingo Schedel

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    This research-based essay offers a cross-disciplinary examination of ethics education in MBA programs. Based on data underlying the Beyond Grey Pinstripes (BGP) survey we find: that business schools doubled the number of ethics-related courses in different disciplines between 2005 and 2009, that about 75% of all offered courses are electives, and that integration of ethics varies considerably between disciplines with management-related courses exposing students more often to ethical questions. Further, we find that and hardly change over time. We argue that these results point towards a problem: business schools increasingly risk creating a gap between their upbeat rhetoric around ethics education and their actual MBA curriculum. Such decoupling is likely to emerge because schools face a tension between increasing institutional pressures to legitimize their MBA programs and internal impediments to fully integrate ethics into the curriculum. We suggest that more effective ethics education requires structural changes to the curriculum, in particular more mandatory ethics courses and a stronger integration of ethics-related debates into disciplines like finance and accounting.
    This research-based essay offers a cross-disciplinary examination of ethics education in MBA programs. Based on data underlying the Beyond Grey Pinstripes (BGP) survey we find: that business schools doubled the number of ethics-related courses in different disciplines between 2005 and 2009, that about 75% of all offered courses are electives, and that integration of ethics varies considerably between disciplines with management-related courses exposing students more often to ethical questions. Further, we find that and hardly change over time. We argue that these results point towards a problem: business schools increasingly risk creating a gap between their upbeat rhetoric around ethics education and their actual MBA curriculum. Such decoupling is likely to emerge because schools face a tension between increasing institutional pressures to legitimize their MBA programs and internal impediments to fully integrate ethics into the curriculum. We suggest that more effective ethics education requires structural changes to the curriculum, in particular more mandatory ethics courses and a stronger integration of ethics-related debates into disciplines like finance and accounting.

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    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012
    Number72
    CountryUnited States
    CityBoston
    Period03/08/201207/08/2012
    OtherThe Informal Economy
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      Rasche, A., Gilbert , D. U., & Schedel , I. (2012). Cross-Disciplinary Ethics Education in MBA Programs: Rhetoric or Reality? . Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.
      Rasche, Andreas ; Gilbert , Dirk Ulrich ; Schedel , Ingo. / Cross-Disciplinary Ethics Education in MBA Programs : Rhetoric or Reality? . Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.40 p.
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      Rasche, A, Gilbert , DU & Schedel , I 2012, 'Cross-Disciplinary Ethics Education in MBA Programs: Rhetoric or Reality? ' Paper presented at, Boston, United States, 03/08/2012 - 07/08/2012, .

      Cross-Disciplinary Ethics Education in MBA Programs : Rhetoric or Reality? . / Rasche, Andreas; Gilbert , Dirk Ulrich; Schedel , Ingo.

      2012. Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.

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      Rasche A, Gilbert DU, Schedel I. Cross-Disciplinary Ethics Education in MBA Programs: Rhetoric or Reality? . 2012. Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.