The David Eccles School of Business has a long history of commitment to the teaching and research of ethics in a variety of ways. At the University of Utah, developing a sense of individual responsibility is foundational. We prepare students to dream not only about the type of job they want, but about what kind of person they want to be.
To supplement learning and our career counseling, we share with students self-reflections of top business leaders, talking in a very genuine way about the principles and values developed over the course of their lifetimes, and sharing the insights that have guided their success. This builds on the lessons taught through business ethics courses for all students, as well as the Foundations of Business Thought course, which introduces students to the cultural, historical, and philosophical basis of business through the examination of classic texts in the humanities.
These concentrated efforts facilitate the opportunities to observe and experience business ethics in practice. The curriculum, internship, ethics case competitions, field study, business ethics lectures by the leaders, and the field experiences at the University of Utah teaches students to identify and prepare themselves to manage ethical dilemmas when they arise.