Friday, October 8, 2010

Do Case Studies In Business Ethics Increase Ethical Behavior?

Via Pilant's Business Ethics Blog.
Only if the examples are of a particular type and taught in a particular way. Back in 2006, a group of professors from a variety of business disciplines got together to teach a class using the examples of Enron, Worldcom, Tyco and Shell.
At the end of the semester, the number of students in a simulated trading room who were caught in misconduct or misusing information for insider trading was significantly higher than at the beginning. The students said, “You taught us how to do it,” Buono recalled.
“For those of us who’ve spent our careers teaching this, it’s been a disappointing time,” said Buono, who has taught at the Waltham, Mass., college for 27 years. “Some of the most renowned names in the corporate world are now jokes at cocktail parties. And they were led by graduates of our business programs."
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    Once again, thanks!

    James Pilant / Southwerk

  2. Hi James,

    Thank you for your comment and for also providing readers with such great information on business ethics.

    As requested, I will let you know when I link to one of your posts. Like you said, it's a good feeling knowing someone's reading your material.

    In regards to Sonia, I reached out to her a couple days ago. I'm a big fan of her blog (which I actually found thanks to you). It's nice to meet people like you and Sonia who want to inform and educate the public.

    Kind Regards,

    Fraud Girl