“Can we learn ethics in the classroom!??” That was the first thing which came to my mind when I realized that one of the subjects in my MBA program was Business and Professional Ethics.
I always believed that if a person is over the age of 12 and still doesn’t behave well, he/she can only be changed by law, love or religion. So what is the point teaching ethics to adult MBA students?
How completing the subject, however, I find that it isn’t as useless as I thought. I did learn something from the class. For example, I am now more aware of the following issues, which could affect the operations of a business:
- Product safety and liability – Remember Mattel’s recalls of its toys?
- Workplace romance – Read my related post here.
- Impact of business on environment
- Abuse of stock options – Executives inflated the share price, then sell their stocks.
- Employee whistle blowing - Is it disloyalty to the firm, or is it good for the public?
Also, thanks to the Enron scandal, Business and Professional Ethics turned out to be a lively subject.