Business ethics education has long been one of the trademarks of the Daniels College of Business. We strive to develop students into capable business leaders who value social responsibility as much as the bottom line and understand that integrity and values-based leadership are essential in today’s world.
Our commitment to practical ethics education is evidenced by the establishment of a Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies. When formed in 2002, our department was one of a kind—and we remain one of the few academic departments in the world to merge business ethics and law. Today, the Department sponsors, promotes and participates in a number of events and extracurricular and co-curricular programs that further the global conversation about ethics.
The Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at the Daniels College of Business supports the ethics initiatives throughout the College, but our primary focus is simple: we strive to give students the ethical framework to navigate complex and challenging business situations.
Ethics is integrated into our curriculum and into the curriculum of many Daniels classes, but here are a few examples of other ways we are offering students hands-on opportunities to learn about business ethics in action:
Undergraduate Ethics Boot Camps – For many years, Daniels undergraduates have gone through the transformative experience that is the Ethics Boot Camp. Over the course of a weekend early in their Daniels experience, students have the opportunity to think about how ethics impacts their lives as students and people and to begin to build an ethical foundation for business and life. The program supplements’ students core education on ethics and has students delve into discussions about ethical decision-making, how to think critically in difficult situations, real-world ethical dilemmas and much more.
Projects – Many Daniels students complete applied-learning projects that invest social capital into an organization, help nonprofits identify and solve problems that are hampering their organizations and much more. The Community Capital Project completed by all graduate students asks students to propose solutions to community problems by developing a business innovation. The Global Opportunities program has graduate students immerse themselves in foreign cultures where they analyze business challenges and propose innovative solutions, with humanitarian nonprofits nongovernmental organizations and other organizations.
Ethics Honors Program – In fall 2016, our department will launch an ethics honors program. Students will spend a weekend among their peers focusing on the types of ethical issues that they might encounter as business professionals. Students from across Daniels will be able to tackle real issues and apply theoretical knowledge from their classes to real-world problems.
Faculty Research – Daniels faculty in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies conduct innovative and interdisciplinary research that influences the practice of business and informs their teachings in the classroom. Several faculty members, in fact, conduct research in the area of business ethics and its impact. Dr. Robert Giacalone, for example, is a renowned scholar in ethics education and in the area of management, spirituality and religion, and has published 10 books and 125 articles on a range of topics around business ethics.
Authentic Life Speaker Series – This spring, we are starting a new speaker series that shares the principles of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative with a broad audience. Members of the extended Daniels community are invited, including students, alumni, corporate partners and friends. All talks will focus on what it means to live an authentic life, and the speakers will vary. This month, I will deliver my most popular talk, “Inspire Integrity: Chasing an Authentic Life,” to the entire University—one that I have given at past Ethics Boot Camps and at universities around the country. In October 2016, we hope to feature Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty.
Each day, we embrace our deeply held principles in ethics and our commitment to honor the legacy of Bill Daniels—both in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies and across the College. You can learn more about the Daniels commitment to ethics education daniels.du.edu/daniels-fund-ethics-initiative.
Professor Corey Ciocchetti is the chair of the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies. He is the creator of the Ethics Boot Camp and a professional speaker and author. Professor Ciocchetti researches the areas of ethics and the law, constitutional law, and law and technology.