This course is designed to provide executives, managers, and supervisors the knowledge and tools to create and sustain an ethical culture in their company, department, or work group. Management theorists and ethics experts have increasingly concluded that this responsibility, to create and sustain the ethical organizational culture, is a fundamental task of every level of management. Course participants will learn that managers select from four basic strategies to create an ethical organization and culture, and make use of ten basic tools to shape that culture and keep it strong. The course also addresses unavoidable challenges to an ethical culture. This course can be taken separately, but in part builds on "Business Ethics for the Real World" another Santa Clara University course offered on Canvas Network. No specific background or preparation is necessary.
See also “Business Ethics for the Real World" available on the Canvas Network.
Topics covered include:
- Module One: What is Corporate Culture? What is and Ethical Culture?
- Module Two: Strategies for Managing Ethics in the Organization
- Module Three: Tools for Managing the Ethical Corporate Culture
- Module Four: The Special Role of CEOs and Boards of Directors
There are no essential prerequisite skills required in this course.
Textbook and Material
There is no textbook required in this course. You are not required to pay for course materials.
This course is self-paced. To be successful, you should plan about two hours per module to interact with the course content, which includes introducing yourself, watching the video vignettes, posting to case discussions, completing and posting to exercises, taking end-of-module quizzes, submitting an 400 word ethical analysis, and completing peer reviews of three other student ethics analyses. Further instruction is provided with in each module and in the Student Overview Module that lists the course requirements.
Instructor will not grade any quizzes or discussions. Quizzes are graded automatically by the software. The concluding “Ethics Analysis” is graded by peers in the course.
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Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:
- Define ethics and various levels of ethics (business, organizational, personal, system)
- Describe values and their influence on ethics
- Explain the importance of roles and responsibilities on ethics
- Discuss ethical dilemmas and unavoidable ethical dilemmas
- Analyze various approaches in making ethical decisions
- Define the ethical decision model
- Apply ethical decision model to various case studies