Teaching Ethics

  • Teaching Ethics at Darden

    Hear Olsson Center senior fellows and Darden professors discuss how to integrate ethics into the MBA curriculum and the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in business. View the Teaching Business Ethics Video Series.

    "First Year Ethics" is a required, graded course in Darden's First Year MBA curriculum. It was one of the first such courses offered by a major graduate business school.

    Doctoral Program

    The Darden School offers a Ph.D. program in management with an emphasis on business ethics. The Darden School is one of the few business schools with this program. Doctoral seminars focus on a number of topics that are at the cutting edge of research in business theory in general and business ethics in particular. The specialization in business ethics provides cross-disciplinary expertise in applied ethics and management theory.

    Visiting Scholars Program

    The Visiting Scholars Program brings leading thinkers in business ethics from around the globe to Darden for periods ranging from one week to a semester. While at the Olsson Center, these visitors conduct joint research projects and lectures with center fellows.

    Darden Executive Programs

    Olsson Center faculty participate in a wide variety of Darden executive programs that examine the links between strategy, values and leadership in the public and private sectors. Faculty have provided custom programs for corporations (past clients include USAA, Bank One, Brunswick, United Technologies, among others).

    Ethics in Student Life

    The Olsson Center supports both graduate and undergraduate student clubs at the University of Virginia. Over the years, the Olsson Center has supported various student initiatives and conferences, such the BES Speaker Series, BES Case Competition and the Business in Society Conference.

    At the Darden School, the Net Impact club inspires, educates and equips individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Members are committed to the belief that business has a responsibility to all those who are impacted by their decisions. Topics of interest include sustainability, corporate citizenship, international development, mission-driven careers and social entrepreneurship.

    At the McIntire School of Commerce, the Business Ethics Society (BES) promotes critical study, discussion and analysis of applied business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Students are provided a forum to interact amongst professors and business leaders through open evaluation and discussion of relevant ethical, philosophical and legal concerns of the past and present.