Is Business Ethics Getting Better? A Historical Perspective

Joanne B. Ciulla
2011 Business Ethics Quarterly  
ABSTRACT: This address uses the question "Is business ethics getting better?" as a heuristic for discussing the importance of history in understanding business and ethics. The paper uses a number of examples to illustrate how the same ethical problems in business have been around for a long time. It describes early attempts at the Harvard Business School to use business history as a means of teaching students about moral and social values. In the end, the author suggests that history may be
more » ... history may be another way to teach ethics, enrich business ethics courses, and develop the perspective and vision in future business leaders.
doi:10.5840/beq201121219 fatcat:lsz4ksxc5ratjd3ier5mkqez2u