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Teaching business ethics in UK higher education: progress and prospects

Cowton, Christopher J. and Cummins, J (2003) Teaching business ethics in UK higher education: progress and prospects. Teaching business ethics, 7 (1). pp. 37-54. ISSN 1382-6891

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Abstract

A large proportion of students in UK highereducation now study business and management. Although universities might be expected to aimto produce well-rounded graduates, there hasbeen a perception that business schools havetended to take a narrow view of businessstudies, paying little attention to ethicalissues. However, recently there have been somesigns of change. A survey was thereforeconducted to investigate the teaching ofbusiness ethics at both undergraduate andpostgraduate levels in the UK. Althoughprovision is still on a limited scale, signs ofgrowth are evident, with a significantproportion of institutions offering at leastsome business ethics teaching, either within a``mainstream'' subject or as a separate module. This provision was reported as being wellreceived by students, but several challengesfor the future were identified, including thesupply of suitably qualified lecturers and theavailability of non-US case study material. The findings provide a baseline for trackingthe future development of business ethics inthe UK. Several suggestions for furtherresearch are also made.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Schools: The Business School
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2008 16:58
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2008 16:58
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/1903

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