Can Ethical Decision Making be Taught? East and West
Can ethics be taught? Can we teach how to make decisions in issues involving ethics? Preliminary results suggest we can. We describe how we teach managerial ethical decision making using a tool we call the JUSTICE framework. Each letter introduces a decision making criterion: J for Justice, U for Utilitarian, S for Spiritual Values, T for TV Rule, I for Influence, C for Core Values, and E for Emergency. We do not know if ethics can be taught, but we now believe we can teach our students learn ways to face managerial ethical decisions. What the JUSTICE model lacks in theoretical underpinning it makes up for in pragmatic results. Our students learned (memorized) all 7 criteria, and learned to select their three favorites, and then to use the model to decide in numerous cases. It works.
Keywords: Ethics, Ethical Decision Making, JUSTICE
John F Hulpke
Professor, Management of Organizations Department, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Before entering academic life, Hulpke held a variety of jobs including shipyard electrician, post office clerk and delivery truck driver, United States Air Force officer, Vice Consul (Visa Officer) in the U S State Department. He also worked on a program to help hard-core unemployed become fully employed.