Three faculty members of IIM Indore namely, Dr. Swapnil Garg, Dr. G Venkat Raman, and Dr. Sneha Thapliyal – conducted a series of workshops in IMS, DAVV during the last one month. These workshops are a part of their research to examine the effectiveness of various business ethics’ pedagogies in achieving learning outcomes. The faculty members taught more than 300 first semester MBA students specializing in the domains of Marketing Management, Foreign Trade, and Financial Administration. The workshop participants were divided into three groups and each group was taught using a different pedagogy.
Two of the pedagogical methods followed in the workshop are widely used in imparting business ethics education, namely lecture based and case based method. The third method of imparting business ethics education was based on a prior research by the faculty (Raman, G. V., Garg, S., & Thapliyal, S. (2017). Integrative Live Case: A Contemporary Business Ethics Pedagogy. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-24.) – the Integrative Live Case method. This method is based on a live case which is currently covered in the media and is yet to see a closure. Participants are encouraged to approach business ethics education by exploring one major ethical breakdown in the contemporary times. Further, participants are encouraged to appreciate the various uncertainties and ambiguities in managerial decision making by examining ethical dilemmas across three levels of individual, business and the society.
The salient features of this method include no retrospective bias, temporal proximity, and millennial connect. This method, the authors argue, has the added advantage of combining the best of the lecture based method stressing on conceptual understanding of various issues as well as appreciate the nuances of decision making based on real world connectedness.
As part of their study they had earlier conducted workshop in other Business Schools like the Department of Management Studies (DMS), MNIT Allahabad.