Using Drama to Teach Business Ethics in Catholic Universities

By Robert J. Mockler.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Ethics in business management is receiving considerable attention recently with the uncovering of serious fraudulent actions by major U. S. and European companies and their executives. As might be expected, the subject is being given greater emphasis in business management learning programs. Business schools especially have been stepping up their efforts to bring a greater ethics focus into their MBA and executive education programs. For example, Harvard Business School has introduced a core course for all students in value-based leadership. In another related developing management education area, there has been an increasing interest in using the arts, especially the dramatic arts, to help enhance developing management skills.
Catholic universities and business schools have embedded in their mission statements an emphasis on integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior, and therefore have a responsibility to transfer these values to their students. This paper explores different ways in which the dramatic arts have and can be used to further developing management skills involving ethical action. This novel approach to teaching management seems to fit nicely into a Catholic-oriented educational system and could greatly contribute in instilling the above mentioned Catholic values in the students.

Keywords: Management Education, Cross-Disciplinary, Ethics, Dramatic Arts

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 658.170KB).

Dr. Robert J. Mockler

Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management, Management Department - Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Robert J. Mockler is Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management at St. John’s University’s Graduate Business Program, Tobin College of Business (BA/MBA Harvard; Ph.D. Columbia). He is Director of the Strategic Management Research Group and its Centers of Case Study Development and of Knowledge-Based Systems for Business. He has authored/co-authored over 50 books/monographs, over 240 case studies, and over 350 articles, book chapters, and presentations, translations of which have appeared in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Romanian, and Greek. He has lectured, consulted, and taught MBA courses worldwide, received national and international awards for innovative teaching, and been a Fulbright Scholar.

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