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April 2024

Advancing Business Ethics Education: Bridging Well-being Literacy and Ethical Decision Making

Le (Nancy) An   le.an2@rmit.edu.au

Business ethics has become a pivotal focus within AACSB, urging business schools to equip students with robust ethical decision-making skills. Unfortunately, current ethics education falls short, leaving managers dissatisfied with the ethics proficiency of graduating students, and real-world ethical scandals involving business school alumni.

Ethical dilemmas frequently pose significant well-being challenges for individuals facing them. Emotional turmoil, moral distress, and the weight of ethical decisions can profoundly impact one’s well-being. While the current philosophy in ethics education tend to focus on rational aspects of human being, using rule based or rational tools in ethical decision making, we contend that individuals’ Well-being Literacy (including capabilities to be aware of their well-being status and to use language to proactively manage well-being) can facilitate ethical decision-making.

My research immerses students in simulated workplace ethical dilemmas, revealing their stress and uncertainty. Many students lack confidence to resist unethical pressures from boss, opting to follow peers, yet struggle with discomfort. Negative feelings signal reflection, driving proactive action to seek help and resources. This process, showcasing Well-being Literacy, ultimately aids some students in making ethical decisions, highlighting the critical role of Well-being Literacy in ethical decision-making.

Inquiry: How can we collectively foster Well-being Literacy to enhance ethical decision-making in business education?

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1 month ago

Hi Zairul, Thank you for sharing the findings of your PhD project with the ABEN community today. 
 Your project on modern slavery is very meaningful and has a high practical impact. The project design is also impressive. I look forward to inviting you again to share the project’s developments.

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I used the theory of planned behaviour (attitude, subjective norms, perceived behavioural control) and various factors such as general recycling behaviour, self-identity, quality consciousness (for reuse only),Read More

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