Ethics and business in the Spanish classroom

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Garcia, Carmen Sanjulian
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Dublin Business School
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In 2004 Henry Mintzberg argued that Business Schools were training ‘wrong leaders with wrong methods’ (Managers, not MBAs, 2004). Not many people paid attention then, but when the crisis broke in 2008, some critics questioned whether the training given in these schools had taught values to promote good ways of acting in society. In response to these comments, many Business Schools began to review their programmes and to include ethical content in their syllabus. Did they do it because they really believed in the value of ethics or was it simply a facelift? What aspects have improved since then? What is our responsibility as lectures? Should we include ethical content in our class? And if so: How do we do it and what are the advantages for the acquisition of a language?. The research shows how the introduction of ethics in the Spanish Business Classroom achieves a higher level of student participation, helps them to develop better intercultural communication skills and improves their language proficiency.