Invitation to Publish Ethics Teaching Tips


The Academy of Management Ethics Education Committee (EEC) focuses primarily on “educating” AOM members about how to understand our Code of Ethics and use ethical practices in our work as researchers, practitioners, and teachers. When we are in instructional roles, we have a responsibility to develop the next generation in the management field—hopefully with some sense of ethical ways to practice their chosen professions. We may teach courses devoted to business ethics, but more likely, we may want to create opportunities to incorporate a focus on ethics in courses on other leadership and management topic.

To encourage an exchange of ideas and approaches, the EEC is partnering with the Business Ethics Education Initiative at Kansas State University to publish novel tips for teaching ethics in virtual and face-to-face classrooms.  Presently, seven such tips are published on the K-State Initiative website in the section called “Ethics Education,” and soon these tips will be published here on The Ethicist as well.

The AOM Ethics Education Committee invites Academy members to submit your Teaching Tips by sending an abstract of 50 to 100 words that describes your novel method for teaching ethics, along with a link to the fuller description. Please send tips to ethics[at] For format guidance, see the examples of Teaching Tips published at the Kansas State University site in the section called “Ethics Education” at this link. Select Teaching Tips will be published here and on the K-State Ethics Education Initiative site.

See a popular example from Diane Swanson, Professor of Management at Kansas State University and Ethics Education Committee member. She uses three Star Trek characters to introduce students to ethics in decision making and the importance of moral courage. Students read her short essay “To Go Boldly! Trekking for Moral Courage” as a point of departure for exploring these topics in class.

We hope by sharing our approaches online throughout the year and at the annual conference, we can create a worthwhile forum where members can interact regarding their roles as ethical instructors who practice what they teach.




3 thoughts on “Invitation to Publish Ethics Teaching Tips”

  1. Use literature — that’s nothing new, but there are some novels and short stories that seldom get used. Billy Budd comes to mind.

  2. I absolutely agree with Ed. The most natural way of talking about ethics is to tell stories. Literature. Film. I always conclude with The Brothers Karamazov. It’s a great capstone to a course. Let students tell their stories too. Ask them what they think is good rather than asking them to tell you what makes them made or what they find scandalous. Speaking of their good – and justifying it – is harder and provides more to build upon. Share your own stories and dilemmas. It’s OK for them to know that you have struggled with issues too.

  3. A good teaching tip for ethics is to begin by teaching integrity at full force. I believe that integrity builds ethical behavior and an ethical global culture. Case studies are one great way to guide our attention to challenges and problems in higher education focusing on educational integrity, honor codes, standards, and value.

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