Innovative Methods of Teaching Integrity and Ethics in Management Education

Innovative Methods of Teaching Integrity and Ethics in Management Education

Peter Odrakiewicz (Poznan University College of Business, Poland & Global Partnership Management Institute, Poland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-510-6.ch034
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The key role of values and norms in organizational culture are closely related to integrity, moral and ethical concerns and should be taught using innovative case studies, video-conferences, role-playing dilemmas, video-interviews, collaborative blog-based methodology, integrity project participation and intensive social media use in management education.
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This chapter seeks to demonstrate the innovative ways of integrity teaching and integrity education management in colleges and universities. It is an exploration of learning and integrity competences acquisition from innovatively defined and designed case studies including practical examples (interviews, video-conferencing, web-based meetings, shared workspaces, wikis, virtual meeting spaces, and social and professional web networks).

Impediments to integrity skills acquisition in institutions of higher learning can be the result of the following: poor integrity management, a lack of consultation with employees and owners or their representatives/CEO’s, company directors/, who knowingly or unknowingly perpetrate a toxic management environment as they aim to implement a “bottom line profit” philosophy at all cost. Knowledge and competence transfer delivery in educational settings and in small to medium training service providers, personality conflicts, which can result in people delaying or refusing to communicate a philosophy of integrity in the managerial process; and the personal attitudes of individual employees, which may be due to lack of motivation or dissatisfaction at work can lead to insufficient or inappropriate integrity teaching. Integrity as defined in this chapter suggests a person whose self is sound, undivided and complete.

This chapter explores innovative methods of teaching integrity and ethics in management education at institutions of high learning, as well as integrity training programs in business enterprises. There is a multitude of impediments to acquiring integrity skills and ethical communication practices in both educational institutions and in the workplace. These impediments can result from poor integrity management; a lack of consultation and communication with employees; or a toxic management environment often unknowingly perpetrated by owners who implement a “bottom line profit” philosophy. Impediments to communicating ethical standards and practices can be found in individual attitudes: a refusal or unwillingness to communicate integrity philosophies because of personality conflicts, personal attitudes toward integrity and ethics, or a lack of motivation or dissatisfaction related to work. Impediments beyond individual personalities may be the problem, such as language or cultural barriers (Harvey and Griffith, 2002), or ineffective or inefficient efficient channels of communication needed for the implementation of integrity management training and guidance. Awareness of such impediments is the first step in educators and managers acquiring the necessary tools for managing integrity and ethics education and training.

Integrity learning challenges us to face new experiences and enables us to develop a global mindset. Self-examination of values, personal, cultural or organizational, can come from new experiences, from our leaving the safety of what we know and experiencing something new and different. A global mindset allows us to transcend the constraints of our experiences and belief systems and to see the world for what it really is. In order to approach the fast-paced global world, people need to work across disciplines and think holistically. Integrity and ethics education for an increasingly global frame of reference will require educators and managers to inculcate those in their charge with adaptability and flexibility while balancing this with the tools of instilling ethical reasoning and a commitment to one’s own individual moral equilibrium. The process of refining these emerging global integrity competencies will be accomplished through the use of E-learning, blended learning, social media and personalized learning environments. The process of teaching integrity in education and management to acquire global integrity competence benefits from a video-conference and collaborative blog-based methodology.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Management Education: In all business and organizations regardless of size including private, not for profit, public and mixed ownership this is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively following ethical guidelines, striving to create integrity and sustainable organizations caring for their communities as much as possible

Integrity: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change, the quality of being whole and complete

Impediment: Something that makes progress, movement, or achieving something difficult or impossible

Blended Learning: It is identifying how the learning audience can achieve mastery and improve business performance. It is a compromise between (1) business and performance objectives, (2) the way groups of learners learn best, (3) the various ways that the material can best be individualized, presented, and learned, (4) the available resources that support learning, training, business, and social activities, and (5) the ways to maximize capabilities for access, interaction, and social relationships using all communication devices available definition adopted and based on accessed /02.04.11/

Social media: Is a type of online media that expedites conversation as opposed to traditional media, which delivers content but doesn’t allow readers/viewers/listeners/ students/managers to participate in the creation or development of the content

Global Mindset: It combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets with an ability to see and seize the global opportunities, to adopt sustainable and ethical good managerial practices wherever they come from, cooperating globally with a view to benefit of all stakeholders accepting philosophy of integrity in their actions

Ethics: The study of what is morally right and what is not

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Editorial Advisory Board
Table of Contents
Charles Wankel, Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch
Chapter 1
Charles Wankel, Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch
Teaching Business Ethics in an Epoch of Catastrophes
Chapter 2
Matthew R. Fairholm, Gilbert W. Fairholm
This chapter argues that today’s society renders traditional management practice incomplete. To better position managers in their organizations... Sample PDF
Reinventing Management Training: How Spiritual Values Change the Practice of Modern Management and of Managerial Education
Chapter 3
Susan S. Case, J. Goosby Smith
This chapter explores how accumulated wisdom from the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the Torah, Talmud, Bible, and Qur’an, provide... Sample PDF
Contemporary Application of Traditional Wisdom: Using the Torah, Bible, and Qur’an in Ethics Education
Chapter 4
Dennis P. Heaton, Fred Travis, Ravi Subramaniam
Management education is seeking creative innovations that can have a real impact on integrity. In this chapter, the authors present our recent... Sample PDF
A Consciousness-Based Approach to Management Education for Integrity
Chapter 5
Nigel Duncan, Alwyn Jones
Students can learn to analyse questions of ethics from the philosophical perspectives of duties, consequences and virtues. This includes the... Sample PDF
Developing Reflection on Values as a Foundation for a Business Career
Chapter 6
Kathryn Pavlovich
This chapter explores the interface between spirituality and integrity, and focuses particularly on educational processes that may facilitate this... Sample PDF
Management Education for Developing Spiritual Integrity
Chapter 7
Hussain G. Rammal
The areas of ethics and social responsibility have increasingly become important in the study of international business and are now covered at the... Sample PDF
A Global Approach towards Teaching Ethics in International Business
Chapter 8
Jane Robbins
Business schools thus have an obligation to teach students to engage with ethical complexity as part of preparing them for their future roles as... Sample PDF
Defining Integrity for Individuals and Organizations: A Cognitive-Linguistic Modeling Approach
Chapter 9
Carolyn Roper, Cynthia Roberts
The need for ethical leadership continues to become increasingly important as the environment grows more interconnected and complex. Educators are... Sample PDF
Is It Ethical? A Multidimensional Approach to Facilitating Ethical Decision Making in Students
Chapter 10
Jay Finkelman, Louise Kelly
This chapter looks at some of the psychological underpinnings of rule breaking behavior in business -what drives rule breaking behavior and how can... Sample PDF
Management Ethics: The Psychology of Positive vs. Destructive Rule Breaking
Chapter 11
Ruth T. Norman, Evelyn T. Money
Two new decision aids have been developed to improve the moral awareness and moral judgment of students and practitioners of business. The purpose... Sample PDF
Decision Aids for Business Ethics Education
Chapter 12
Timothy S. Clark
Far more than in the fields of business, research scholarship in the medical and legal fields has considered the integrity of students and... Sample PDF
Raising Ethics and Integrity Awareness by Incentivizing Professionalism
Chapter 13
Warren Linds, Andrew Trull
This chapter explores a graduate course designed for process consultant practitioners and change managers on the ethics of intervening in human... Sample PDF
Developing Ethical Practice through Inquiry: It’s not Know-What, It’s Know-How
Chapter 14
William I. Sauser, Ronald R. Sims
The ethical crisis in business is very real. Countering this crisis by creating organizational cultures grounded in moral character is the challenge... Sample PDF
Showing Business Students How to Contribute to Organizational Cultures Grounded in Moral Character
Chapter 15
Peggy Sue Loroz, Molly B. Pepper
This chapter describes a course called “Hate Studies in Business” which seeks to help students to recognize business cultures and practices that... Sample PDF
Hate Studies in Business: A Course on Recognizing and Combating the Ways Business Organizations Exert Violence on Individuals, Families, and Society
Chapter 16
Jacob Dahl Rendtorff
With focus on the role of integrity in relation to business ethics versus economic strategy the chapter contains following sections: 1. The concept... Sample PDF
Business Ethics, Strategy and Organizational Integrity: The Importance of Integrity as a Basic Principle of Business Ethics That Contributes to Better Economic Performance
Chapter 17
Soma Kamal Tandon
In recent times ethics and leadership have become dominant concerns in business. The foundations of the business establishment have been shaken by... Sample PDF
A “Novel” Approach to the Moral Dimension of Leadership
Chapter 18
Katherine Hyatt
Honors codes have been shown to have a positive impact on the integrity of students and have been adopted by numerous colleges and universities.... Sample PDF
Research on Corporate Codes of Ethics and Its Application to University Honor Codes
Chapter 19
Gillian Griffin
In recent years, the teaching of ethics in business schools has become more common. However, despite positive interest and the quantity of... Sample PDF
Integrity as a Core Value in Organizations
Chapter 20
Vlad Vaiman, Throstur Olaf Sigurjonsson
This chapter deals with a multitude of perspectives on ethics education in business schools and provides a compelling example of Iceland, where... Sample PDF
Rethinking Ethics Education in Business Schools in the Post-Financial Crisis Epoch: An Icelandic Perspective
Chapter 21
Luc K. Audebrand, John W. Burton
In recent years management education has sought to integrate into both undergraduate and graduate programs a concern for ethics and integrity. If... Sample PDF
Nurturing Integrity in Management Education with the Development of an Alternative Web of Metaphors
Chapter 22
Richard P. Peregoy
A kaleidoscopic teaching method using a variety of media challenges the course facilitator to lead, guide, and offer insight so that listeners... Sample PDF
A Kaleidoscopic Approach to Teaching Ethical Dimensions of Leadership
Chapter 23
Michael Nancarrow, Will Rifkin
Ethics learning takes root when it draws on learners’ experiences of encounters with others, a strategy that is a foundation of adult learning... Sample PDF
Reflective Cycles and Reflexive Learning Principles: Teaching Ethics from the Learner Outward1
Chapter 24
Victoria McCarthy, Robyn Hulsart
Tools and resources for raising ethical standards in online management courses are essential for maintaining integrity in management education.... Sample PDF
Management Education for Integrity: Raising Ethical Standards in Online Management Classes
Chapter 25
Jill M. Purdy, Joseph Lawless
Although business students can learn about ethics through case studies and examples, this learning may not lead to future ethical behavior in... Sample PDF
Building a Culture of Integrity
Chapter 26
Daniel E. Martin
These studies cover new ground in two respects: 1) That the academic dishonesty literature is subject to revision using criterion variables to avoid... Sample PDF
Understanding Plagiarism Behavior through Criterion Studies: Predictors of Actual Plagiarism
Chapter 27
Aditya Simha, John B. Cullen
This chapter provides a comprehensive review of the literature on academic dishonesty and cheating, by defining the different kinds of cheating... Sample PDF
Academic Dishonesty and Cheating: Proactive and Reactive Action Implications for Faculty and Students
Chapter 28
Wolfgang Amann, Shiban Khan
Trillions in value were destroyed in the recent financial crisis. Of equal harm was another consequence. In a time of such a financial crisis – in... Sample PDF
A Critical Assessment of the Oath Project
Chapter 29
William Heisler, Fred Westfall, Robert Kitahara
Challenges to academic integrity in management education appear to be on the rise in U.S. institutions of higher education. In an effort to reduce... Sample PDF
Technological Approaches to Maintaining Academic Integrity in Management Education
Chapter 30
Dima Jamali, Hanin Abdallah
This book chapter will make the case that corporate social responsibility (CSR) mainstreaming is an imperative to promote integrity and alleviate... Sample PDF
Mainstreaming Corporate Social Responsibility at the Core of the Business School Curriculum
Chapter 31
Marco Tavanti
The Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) offer a platform for institutional commitment and leadership engagement toward business... Sample PDF
Responsible Management Education in Practice: The Principles and Processes for Educating Socially Responsible and World Engaged Leaders
Chapter 32
Mark Pruett
Business schools teach stockholder and stakeholder perspectives for ethical decision-making, but what are the implications of those perspectives for... Sample PDF
The Social Responsibility of Business Schools
Chapter 33
Ambika Zutshi, Greg Wood, Leanne Morris
The start of the twenty-first century witnessed a number of company scandals and ethical breaches that have brought to the forefront community... Sample PDF
Reflections on Teaching Business Ethics
Chapter 34
Peter Odrakiewicz
The key role of values and norms in organizational culture are closely related to integrity, moral and ethical concerns and should be taught using... Sample PDF
Innovative Methods of Teaching Integrity and Ethics in Management Education
Chapter 35
Thomas F. Burgess
This chapter examines how the values of UK business school academics interact with the values of the students they teach. The chapter proposes that... Sample PDF
How Business School Research Values Shape the Student Experience
Chapter 36
George W. Kester, Gregory J. Cooper, Roger A. Dean, Peter T. Gianiodis, Michael G. Goldsby
This chapter describes how Hollywood movies can be used in the classroom to bring finance and business ethics alive in ways that that are difficult... Sample PDF
Hollywood in the Classroom: A Resource for Teaching Business Ethics to Undergraduates
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