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Darden recognized as a leader in business ethics

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The December 2011 issue of the academic journal Business & Society has recognized the University of Virginia Darden School of Business as the leading MBA program in business ethics.

The findings are based on a survey of 320 business ethics scholars from across the world. Participants included members of the European Academy of Business in Society, the Society for Business Ethics, the European Business Ethics Network, the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management and the International Association for Business and Society.

The University of Virginia Darden School received 57 votes, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School received 56 votes—a statistical tie.

The article—by Chad Albrecht of Utah State University, Jeffrey A. Thompson of Brigham Young University and Jeffrey L. Hoopes of the University of Michigan—recognizes Darden and Wharton as “clear leaders in the field of business ethics,” which “share the pinnacle of the field with no close contenders.” The next highest vote total was 24, received by Harvard University

Darden professor R. Edward Freeman attributes Darden’s prominence in business ethics to three factors: a longstanding emphasis on ethics at the University of Virginia and the Darden School; an approach that both recognizes ethics as a core discipline of business and also integrates ethics across the School’s MBA curriculum; and the continuing innovation of faculty at the School.

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