Building Ethical Strength at Menlo

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Ethics Training in Action: An Examination of Issues, Techniques, and Development
Edited by Professor Leslie E. Sekerka

Leaders, managers, and employees at every level of the organization need to establish a workplace where responsibility, accountability, and doing the right thing are genuinely valued and practiced. Professor Sekerka’s book serves as a guide for managers, taking a focused look at the science of ethics training and best practices, areas for concern, specific techniques, application outcomes, how to cultivate an ethical work environment and considering where opportunities for additional research reside.

Managers and practitioners reading her book will garner specific trends and useful techniques that can inform, guide, and improve efforts to build ethical awareness and effective ethical decision-making within their organizations. Academic scholars will find “Ethics Training in Action” useful as well, providing insight as to where additional research and empirical work is needed.

For students at Menlo, “The information in the book is based on a moral strength-based model, which is shared conceptually as well as experientially in the Business Ethics course,” said Professor Sekerka. “The Balanced Experiential Inquiry process is an activity that our Menlo students actually engage in, a technique employed to instigate ethical reflection and dialogue (and now used in a variety of organizational settings, including business, government, and the military).

Professor Sekerka states, “Key components from the book that show how to build an ethical organization, like targeting a triple bottom line approach to business (caring for people, planet and profit), help students understand what it means to perform with corporate social responsibility. Students discuss and grapple with issues presented in the book, such as: cross-cultural ethics, how to create safe spaces for ethical discourse and reporting, what it means to give voice to one’s values, how to be a servant leader, and staying mindful of salient concerns like bullying in the workplace.” Professor Sekerka says, “Menlo students benefit from this type of scholarship because it helps them learn about a more proactive approach to business ethics. Rather than assuming a typical reactionary stance, waiting for problems to emerge, our students get a better understanding of what ethical strength in an organizational setting really means.”

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