Experiential learning in virtues ethics through a case study: The 'St. Albans Family Enterprise'
Teaching business ethics effectively may prepare future leaders and managers to better
deal with delicate situations that they might face in the workplace. However, such an aim is one of
the biggest challenges that educators at universities are called on to solve. An increasing number of
scholars are invoking the role of prudence in the virtue ethics context as a viable approach to teach
students how to manage ethical dilemmas. In this regard, this paper discusses the ¿St. Albans Family
Enterprises¿ case study that can serve as an instrument to help students and practitioners develop
their ethical decision-making ability and to foster a disposition towards applying sound judgment or
what can be called in classical terms, prudence. The teaching note that accompanies the case study
offers guidance to educators about how the case can be used for teaching purposes, and explains the
implications of exercising practical wisdom (prudence) within a virtue ethics framework.