College of Business

Matt Metzger, Ph.D.

June 1, 2013
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Management, College of Business

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at UCCS Expert, Matt Metzger, PhD

2013-2014 & 2014-2015 Ethics Projects

Dr. Metzger focused on developing and refining teaching materials for the UCCS Bachelor of Innovation's Teams Class. Over the course of two years, these materials reached business and non-business UCCS students in multiple sections of Innovation Team: Analyze and Report (INOV2010), Innovation Team: Research and Execute (INOV3010), and Innovation Team: Design and Lead (INOV4010). These materials included an online intervention designed to help students gain awareness of ethical issues at multiple levels (i.e., the individual, organization, and industry) that might be encountered in entrepreneurial settings.

An ethics questionnaire (IRB #14-063) provided quantitative data on the impact ethics education had on student learning, comparing students in the experimental group that received the ethics education material to those in the control group that were not exposed to the material. Qualitative data was also collected from the team's final reports to their clients (where they expand upon the ethical issues they uncovered at the individual, organizational, and industry levels) and from open-ended responses on the questionnaire. An analysis of these data suggest that these materials influenced students' abilities to identify actual, or potential, ethical issues related to their client businesses and their awareness of their own susceptibility to ethical lapses.

Related Work in:

Organizational Ethics


April 2015 DFEI Faculty Roundtable Presentation:

Ethics in Interdisciplinary Student Teams - Classroom outcomes and experiences

May 2014 DFEI Faculty Roundtable Presentation:

Ethics at the Interface: Bridging students' classroom experiences with real-world phenomena