Giving Voice to Values for School Administrators


Giving Voice to Values is an exciting new approach to preparing future business

leaders to voice and act on their values.


The goal is to help future managers and leaders figure out what to do next —

when a boss wants to alter the financial report, or their sales team applies

pressure to misrepresent the capabilities of their product, or they witness

discrimination against a peer. The near term skill set revolves around what

to say, to whom and how to say it when a the manager knows what her

or she thinks is right when an ethical breech occurs — but doesn't feel confident

about how to act on his or her convictions.


This overlooked but consequential skill set is the first step in building the

ethical muscle. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, the Giving Voice to

Values (GVV ) curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the

question: “What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and

do? How could I be most effective?”


If you would like to explore ways to bring the Giving Voice to Values curriculum

and approach into your business education, you can:


-- Review the curriculum on, by clicking here.


--Bring the curriculum to the attention of your faculty and school administrators.

Put them in touch with the Director of Giving Voice to Values program, to learn more about what other schools are doing.


--Consider offering a faculty development workshop on Giving Voice to Values and/or a custom curriculum development initiative for your faculty. Contact , Director, Giving Voice to Values.


Dozens of faculty at business schools from Yale to Notre Dame to MIT to Columbia to Stanford to the Indian School of Business have tested and re-tested elements of the pilot curriculum. GVV is a collaborative project of The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program and the Yale School of Management. Drawing on both the actual experience of business practitioners as well as cutting edge social science and management research, GVV fills a long-standing and critical gap in business education. It helps students identify the many ways that individuals can and do voice their values in the workplace, and it provides the opportunity to script and practice this voice in front of their peers.


Giving Voice to Values holds the promise to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future business leaders to know not only what is right — but how to make it happen.


The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education is part of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program.
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