The five day program, conducted at DERC’s offices at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), provided a vehicle to bring together faculty of several institutions who have been, or will be, teaching business ethics at the university level. The program was offered to local college instructors and designed to assist in generating local capacity in the area of business ethics by developing a network of instructors within the UAE interested in developing and teaching corporate responsibility courses.
At the closing ceremony, Abdurrahman Al Mutaiwee, Director General of the DCCI, honoured participants for committing their time and energy to this course and urged them to maintain the momentum by focusing their learnings on improving and creating an international platform for higher education in the area of corporate responsibility. Before presenting certificates to participants of the class Mr. Al Mutaiwee said:
“The DCCI is delighted with the progress DERC has made with its multi-faceted Future Leader Program and in creating forums such as this to encourage the sharing of knowledge and expertise in achieving college-wide goals for covering business ethics. We at the Chamber continue to support DERC in working in partnership with academia to reach out to our future leaders to teach them of the importance of responsible business conduct.”
Commenting on the success of this program Michael Megarry, Vice President External Affairs, Shell added: “Shell is delighted to be supporting DERC’s efforts to help enhance the capacity of college instructors to design and deliver business ethics curricula. This is a real and practical example of when private and non governmental organisations can come together to move the ethics agenda forward.”
The Teaching Business Ethics workshop addressed three central issues: How does a business school and its faculty go about developing a common understanding of the goals of teaching business ethics and addressing the challenge of relevancy? Does the incorporation of ethics into the business curriculum make a difference in the behaviour of students and business leaders? How can business ethics be taught so that effective learning takes place?
The course is a continuation of DERC’s Future Leaders Program, which is designed to empower the new generation of business leaders to uphold ethical leadership principles. Aimed at developing a common understanding of the goals and objectives of teaching business ethics in the UAE, the training course explored the challenges of motivating and educating faculty regarding the nature and scope of business ethics, sharing new approaches and insights into effective methods for teaching organisational ethics. The workshop provided lecturers with the opportunity to practice experiential learning, to determine outcome assessments, examine best practices for foundational course work on the subject and to exchange ideas on how to incorporate ethics into the overall business curriculum.
The overall purpose of this workshop was to continue to build on DERC’s work in facilitating a network of instructors in the UAE to develop and teach business ethics related courses. DERC’s Future Leader Program sponsored a course on training managers in business ethics earlier this month, and delivered an on-line business ethics teaching platform for faculty in institutions of higher education in the UAE in 2005. DERC was established by the DCCI in 2004 in line with the Chamber’s commitment to empower business organisations to improve performance by way of managing reputational risks and adhering to high standards of ethical conduct.
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