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Themes of Social Responsibility: A Survey of Three Professional Schools
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 7, No. 4 (Apr., 1988), pp. 313-320
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25071759
Page Count: 8
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Criteria distinguishing the professions from ordinary occupations have traditionally stressed the notion of commitment to a service ethic which implies social responsibility. In this survey of 223 students and faculty of three university professional schools in Canada (Business, Engineering, and Forestry), the extent to which students exhibit awareness of the ethical component in their future work is examined. Particular attention is paid to the structural contradictions inherent in the work context of the salaried professions, especially the ethical dilemmas that arise out of bureaucratic demands to serve organizational goals rather than broader social ends.
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