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MGT 881 Creating an Ethical Organization


Course Description

Ethical awareness and sound judgment are essential for individual success and organizational effectiveness. In this course, we will examine the ethical aspects of individual and corporate decision making and provide practical resources for making ethical decisions within the business context.

Course Objectives

  • Cultivate ethics in the workplace and produce a more ethical organization
  • Understand the importance of properly and timely addressing unethical practices
  • Develop and enhance corporate character through leadership
  • Make better informed ethical decisions when faced with a crisis and when conducting business internationally
  • Augment and increase ethical awareness within your company

Week 1


Topic: Ethics Overview
Lecture: Why Study Business Ethics?

Outcomes

  • Identify the difference between law and ethics
  • Analyze the various theories that apply to ethical decision making
  • Describe the six-step ethical decision-making model
Lecture: Business Ethics – Theory and Practice

Outcomes

  • Identify various ethical theories that apply to ethical decision making
  • Apply ethical theories to real-life situations
  • Analyze how these theories affect conduct
  • Evaluate what you would do in similar situations
Lecture: Steps in Ethical Decision Making – Recognizing

Outcomes

  • Identify the types of ethical dilemmas people face
  • Explore the elements of these dilemmas
  • Analyze how ethical theories affect conduct
  • Evaluate what you would do in similar situations
Lecture: Steps in Ethical Decision Making – Processing

Outcomes

  • Identify the reasons people act unethically
  • Analyze the rationalizations that people give for their behavior
  • Evaluate the causes for these rationalizations
Lecture: Steps in Ethical Decision Making – Deciding and Acting

Outcomes

  • Identify the tests for ethical decision making
  • Articulate the six-step process for making ethical decisions
  • Analyze the six-step process when compared to real-life situations

Week 2


Topic: Ethics and the Employee
Lecture: The Ethics of Confrontation

Outcomes

  • Identify the reasons why individuals avoid confrontation and the harm caused by such avoidance
  • Apply a model for confrontation when someone’s actions don’t meet your ethical expectation
  • Apply steps of the leadership model concerning how to be confronted when someone challenges your actions
Lecture: The Ethics of Employee Surveillance and Impact of Social Networking

Outcomes

  • Identify the reasons why employers engage in employee monitoring
  • Distinguish the six-step ethical decision-making model to determine whether you should engage in employee monitoring
  • Analyze how social networking sites are changing the workplace
  • Evaluate some of the ethical problems that social networking sites are causing for both employers and employees
Lecture: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Outcomes

  • Identify what constitutes sexual harassment
  • Analyze the harms caused by sexual harassment
  • Apply a six-step plan for addressing sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Evaluate whether your organization has adequate policies for addressing sexual harassment
Lecture: Workplace Safety and the Ethics of Whistleblowing

Outcomes

  • Identify the importance of workplace safety from an ethical viewpoint
  • Apply various steps for integrating workplace safety into the workplace
  • Analyze how whistleblowing can be accomplished under pressure to be loyal to your employer and coworkers
  • Apply a model for proper whistleblowing
  • Evaluate the actions employers must take in whistleblowing situations
Lecture: Ethics and Individual Character

Outcomes

  • Evaluate how habit and choice are related
  • Define integrity and its characteristics
  • Identify why having regard for others is essential for ethical living

Week 3


Topic: Ethics and Business Operations
Lecture: Enron – Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Outcomes

  • Identify some of the links between Enron and the 2008 financial meltdown
  • Analyze two specific examples of conduct at Enron and their effect on the overall culture
  • Evaluate whether Sherron Watkins was truly a whistleblower
  • Apply some steps to help your company avoid turning into the next Enron
Lecture: Misguided Priorities of Ethical Behavior

Outcomes

  • Identify some of the factors that lead people to act unethically
  • Analyze aspects about their personalities and priorities that may have led to their behavior
  • Evaluate elements of other people who act ethically
  • Apply a seven-step model for improving the ethical culture of an organization
Lecture: The Regulators: The BP Oil Spill and Public Trust

Outcomes

  • Identify some of the factors that led to the BP oil spill disaster
  • Analyze the conduct of the government regulators and the effectiveness of these regulators
  • Evaluate the concept of trust – in particular, public trust
  • Describe methods for improving public trust in government and business organizations
Lecture: The 2008 Financial Crisis – Responsibility and the Impact of Greed

Outcomes

  • Identify the key ethical failings that led to the crisis
  • Evaluate the reasons we engaged in this conduct
  • Analyze the role that greed played in the 2008 financial crisis
  • Apply a behavioral model for altering our conduct as individuals and as a society to hopefully avoid history repeating itself
Lecture: Corporate Character and the Role of Leadership

Outcomes

  • Describe the role of leadership in supporting the development of good character
  • Identify how to fulfill those roles
  • Evaluate the value of integrating the company's values within the workforce and illustrating proper behavior

Week 4


Topic: Ethics and Crisis Management
Lecture: The Difference Between Right and Wrong: How to Handle a Crisis

Outcomes

  • Evaluate how different companies handle a crisis and see what each company did right or wrong in these situations
  • Identify the various causes of a crisis
  • Analyze certain common elements of every crisis and why they must be addressed
Lecture: A Model for Crisis Management – What Works?

Outcomes

  • Identify basic lessons learned from crisis management
  • Evaluate how leaders and managers must respond to crisis and what they need to address
  • Apply a crisis management model
  • Analyze the role of a crisis management team spokesperson
  • Prepare for and recover from a crisis
Lecture: Managing the Human Induced Crisis

Outcomes

  • Identify the causes of a human induced crisis and the indicators that signal whether a company is vulnerable to such a crisis
  • Apply a method for reducing the harm created by these types of crises
  • Analyze what works and what does not for your own company
Lecture: Risk Management and the Importance of Communication

Outcomes

  • Identify how to make better business decisions
  • Analyze the factors that get in the way of communication
  • Interpret the importance of clear communication
  • Apply methods for improving communication, including emails, that will reduce risk in your company

Week 5


Topic: Ethics and the Global View
Lecture: Multinational Corporations – Sweatshops and Nike

Outcomes

  • Identify principles that can be used to guide the behavior of multinational corporations doing business in foreign countries
  • Apply these principles to issues of wages and working conditions at Nike in Asia
  • Analyze what Nike did wrong and how they have improved
  • Evaluate the challenges of managing foreign contractors
Lecture: Bribery – Siemens, Salt Lake City, and the Olympics

Outcomes

  • Define bribery and identify the harm it causes
  • Analyze the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and decide if there may be a better way to address bribery in countries
  • Evaluate the negative effects of bribery in two situations – Siemens and Salt Lake City Olympics
Lecture: Cultural Issues – East Meets West

Outcomes

  • Identify how cultural differences influence international business ethics
  • Analyze ethical standards that are universally accepted in all societies
  • Apply certain generalizations in an effort to understand how American ethical views differ from Europeans and Asians
  • Evaluate the Chinese government’s impact on business practices and key causes of global corruption
Lecture: Creating an International Code of Ethics

Outcomes

  • Identify the guiding principles for setting up an international code of ethics for a multinational corporation
  • Apply the steps necessary to create an international code of ethics
  • Analyze the difficulties and problems that may arise in developing such a code
Lecture: An Ethical Game Plan

Outcomes

  • Employ your moral compass
  • Recall the general concepts of this course
  • Identify the elements of strategic leadership

The course description, objectives and learning outcomes are subject to change without notice based on enhancements made to the course. May 2015