Contemporary Application of Traditional Wisdom: Using the Torah, Bible, and Qur'an in Ethics Education



Handbook of Research on Teaching Ethics in Business and Management Education, pp. pp. 42-67 (Chapter 3), January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2012


This chapter explores how accumulated wisdom from the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the Torah, Talmud, Bible, and Qur'an, provide many common codes for ethical behavior in business. Religiously derived ethics are relevant to management education because they form a source of our earliest ethical education, even for individuals unaffiliated with organized religion. When religious tension is increasing, such commonality can guide development of integrity within diverse groups of management students to confront and ethically resolve many moral challenges in the workplace. After examining similarities in these religions' conceptualization of marketplace integrity, the chapter compares religiously derived ethical behavior for the workplace and its environments. The chapter concludes with implications, presenting ways management educators can provide contemporary applications of this traditional wisdom.

Susan Case