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Reference no. JBEE17-0TA3
Published by: NeilsonJournals Publishing
Originally published in: "Journal of Business Ethics Education", 2020
Length: 10 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

In this research we employ an inter-disciplinary project that uses active learning theory to help bridge the gap between a university's extensive liberal arts core and its business program. We believe this project will improve and enrich classroom discussions of the more complex and nuanced issues found in the application of business principles. To redress the fact that many undergraduate students do not have extensive work experience to draw on when discussing the application of business ethics principles, we present a project that uses a classic novel, Hard Times, to improve students' abilities to contextualize and apply common business ethics frameworks. The project focuses on active learning and non-linear thinking, and aims to immerse the student in a fictional environment that models the complexity of, without being identical to, a real world business setting. This case study has been peer reviewed by the editorial board of the Journal of Business Ethics Education (JBEE).

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Abstract

In this research we employ an inter-disciplinary project that uses active learning theory to help bridge the gap between a university's extensive liberal arts core and its business program. We believe this project will improve and enrich classroom discussions of the more complex and nuanced issues found in the application of business principles. To redress the fact that many undergraduate students do not have extensive work experience to draw on when discussing the application of business ethics principles, we present a project that uses a classic novel, Hard Times, to improve students' abilities to contextualize and apply common business ethics frameworks. The project focuses on active learning and non-linear thinking, and aims to immerse the student in a fictional environment that models the complexity of, without being identical to, a real world business setting. This case study has been peer reviewed by the editorial board of the Journal of Business Ethics Education (JBEE).

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