Dietrich Wagner University of St.Gallen Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Title: Fostering students’ ability, intention and willingness for ethical reflection at a business School Abstract: This PhD project engages with the question of how students’ ability, intention and willingness for ethical reflection can be fostered within a study programme at a business school. Research about reflection in Higher Education is widely available and the fact that reflection contributes to a better and deeper understanding of the content learnt is beyond controversy. Reflection plays an especially crucial role in a dynamic, fast-moving world because it helps individuals be aware of what is going on around them in the midst of a permanently changing environment. Although general research about reflection abounds, research on ethical reflection in Higher Education is rare. Ethical reflection is that component of the reflective process which tries to illuminate hidden values, ideas of man and agendas within a particular content – whilst asking critical questions. Ethical reflection challenges the individual to take a stance based upon his or her own values. This PhD project aims at developing concepts and methods which help to foster ethical reflection within a study programme at a business school. Therefore, the research approach of educational design research is being used. This research approach is very suitable for problems in which the solution for an un-researched problem needs to be developed. After specifying the problem and evaluating the literature, a first intervention prototype will be developed. This prototype will require testing and revision. Throughout the entire research process, design principles will emerge showing how interventions with a similar aim in similar settings should be constructed. These design principles are the link between practice and theory because they describe how and why an intervention works and how it should be constructed and implemented. Thus, in addition to the practical solution of the problem, this research project will deliver the theoretical contribution of design principles which can be further evaluated in subsequent research.