Societies have been increasingly demanding that business schools offer ethics education. Accordingly, one of the eight “General Skill Areas” that AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Standards requires all general management and specialist degree programs to provide is “Ethical understanding and reasoning (able to identify ethical issues and address the issues in a socially responsible manner).”Bloomberg BusinessWeek started including “ethics offering” as a criterion of “B-School ranking” and listing “Top MBA Programs by Specialty: Ethics” and “Top Undergraduate Business Schools for Ethics.”
The Tepper School of Business has a long history of ethics education. The Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA, the former name of the Tepper School) was one of the frontier business schools that had incorporated ethics into its curriculum since the 1960s. Recalling his early days at GSIA, Jim Swartz, founder of venture capital Accel, said, “I want to remember who taught me. They had a large impact on who I am...Tom Kerr who reinforced my ethical view of the world and provided a strong foundation that has endured a career.” This legacy continues under the leadership of Dean Robert M. Dammon, who has committed himself teaching a session on ethics at the MBA Basecamp for several years.7 Under the editorship of Professor John Hooker, the Tepper School has hosted the Jounral of Business Ethics Education since 2004.