Principles

We base our conversations, reflections and research on some very general principles:

 

Definition of ethics: Ethics education can be understood as part of the Human Right to Education. Although the Human Rights are universal rights, business ethics education needs to reflect the cultural and historical developments in our respective countries.

 

Ethics Education: There is no unique style of business ethics education that can fit all demands due to the diversity of business practices.

 

Business Practices: Business practice is highly impacted by the development of the market economy, by historical and cultural factors of influence. Business practice is also influenced by the institutional framework of an economy like laws, legal property rights, social norms, routines, or customs. Also, there are institutions which work at a “lower” level of the economy like economic property rights or contracts which are arranged by the actors themselves.

 

Role of ethics training/ education on society: The actors’ mental models, or business philosophies, or ideologies have a long-lasting influence on their business practices. Business education has to take notice of that and to make it a starting point of its program.