Businesses around the globe face a universal challenge of ethical dilemmas that aren’t always black and white. Failing to make the right decisions not only jeopardizes a business’ relationship with its employees and customers but puts corporate existence at stake. For example, in a 2018 LinkedIn survey, 39% of respondents said they would rather quit than engage in unethical conduct.
It is, therefore, imperative for aspiring business professionals to undergo ethical training so that employees work effectively and harmoniously. Many institutions incorporate moral training pedagogies such as case studies, guest speakers and textbooks, but they lack engagement and interactivity.
Results & Feedback
Surveys of the participants suggested that the VR case was more emotionally engaging and put people under more pressure, making the decision more effortful. In comparison, decision-making pertaining to the text-based case was reflective and dispassionate but less likely to be perceived as complicated or overwhelming.
The study also found that participants’ response to the VR scenario is likely to be the best guide to what they would do if facing a similar dilemma and culture in real world—outperforming the video and text versions of the scenarios.
To conclude, the research study showed VR could be an incredibly effective tool for organizations and educators in giving people a space where they can learn, through experimentation, about how to voice their values effectively when asked to engage in unethical conduct.