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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Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Sun, 6 Jul 2008

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