Developing tomorrow’s leaders: Role and responsibilities of business schools and ethics educators
Georg Reifferscheid, fycsr — Consultancy for Responsible Business
The topics of business ethics and social responsibility education have received much attention on a macro-level, that is the business school’s and universities’ point of view, but hasneglected the micro perspective, how faculty approaches ethical education. This paper studies in a mixed-methods approach both the faculty’s roles and responsibilities from nine business schools in Europe, US and Canada and their macro perspectives, such as mission statement, instruments and curriculum. The results indicate that the faculty’s responsibilities can be described within the three roles of educator, moderator and ambassador. Additionally, these roles need to be put in a broader and holistic concept, which, we found, is the “conception of man”. Faculty should live a conception of man that 1) provides ethical knowledge, skills and tools to students (i.e. the Knowing), 2) trains students to change perspectives (i.e. the Doing) and 3) inspires ethical awareness and reflection (i.e. the Being).