Prof focuses on principles, truth in wake of rising business scandals

Teaching ethics in college management or business courses can be challenging, given the growing number of scandals and half-baked business experiments, but Daniel Gilbert, the David LeVan '68 Professor of Ethics and Management at Gettysburg College, says that the emphasis should be on principles, not rules.

"Ethics is a tradition of disciplined thinking and I teach students to think in ways they haven't thought before," Gilbert said in a July 6 Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Ethics 101."

Gilbert explained that connecting ethics with everyday lives teaches students that organizations couldn't operate without truth and people looking out for one another. After taking students to a sewer-treatment plant, Gilbert is amazed to see their reaction when they realize that treated sewer water goes into the Potomac River and Washington, D.C.'s drinking water. "I want students to see how even routine decisions have an impact on other people's interest."

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Posted: Sun, 6 Jul 2008

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