Executives learn ethics the hard way: From Marines…..

Executives out of their element

This article by Jim Michaels in USA Today describes a training scenario to enhance ethical decision making in the workplace.

Business students are often surprised to find that the military is not the rigid hierarchical organisation they had expected. Instead, officers are taught to think for themselves.

Executives learn ethics the hard way: From Marines…



  • Executives who served in the military are less likely to be involved in fraud
  • At Quantico, executives are put to the test in front-line scenarios
  • Instructors are officers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan


The author of this article is Jim Michaels, a former Marine who has covered wars around the world. He is author of the book A Chance in Hell: The Men who Triumphed over Iraq’s Deadliest City and Turned the Tide of War.

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