A partnership to strengthen principle-based ethics education and foster a high standard of ethics in young people.
The primary objective of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative is active engagement of students that builds a solid principle-based ethical framework central to decision-making in a complex business environment.
The Ethics Initiative works to integrate ethics instruction throughout the curriculum that includes real-world practical applications, provides exposure to business practitioners, and maintains relevance to the ever-changing business environment. This initiative is funded by The Daniels Fund and is guided by Bill Daniels’ personal values of business ethics and fairness; Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television who owned the ABA’s Utah Stars, established the Daniels Fund to operate the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program and the Daniels Fund Grants Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Please visit the Daniels Fund website for more information on the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative and Bill Daniels.
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 videos of 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 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 and we will continue building a regimen for practicing ethical behavior. Service-based learning is required of all incoming MBA students. The curriculum and the field experiences at the University of Utah teaches students to identify and prepare themselves to manage ethical dilemmas when they arise.
George S. Eccles Faculty Fellow
Professor, Accounting Department