Full course description

Course Date:

Sep 26 - Dec 18, 2016


12 weeks


7+ hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


This course is designed to provide an overview of the role of the manager in shaping the ethics of the organization. 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. The course also provides an understanding of the nature of ethics, the role ethics plays in business, and the most commonly encountered ethical dilemmas in the life of a manager. It provides practical advice on general strategies for managing ethics and practical tools for shaping the ethical culture of a manager's team, work group, or organization.


  • Identify the critical role of the manager in creating ethical behavior in his or her team, work group, or organization
  • Identify the difficult problems encountered in creating and sustaining an ethical organization
  • Identify and apply a set of tools to shape the integrity of a manager's organization.

Course Instructors

Kirk Hanson

Kirk O. Hanson

Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Kirk O. Hanson is one of the founders of the field of business ethics. The executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Hanson taught business ethics for 23 years in the MBA and Executive Programs of the Stanford Business School, where he is Senior Lecturer Emeritus. He continues to teach MBA and EMBA courses on business ethics at Santa Clara, where he heads one of the most active ethics centers in the world, with extensive programs in business ethics, government ethics, bioethics, Internet ethics, and character educationRead More.

Hanson speaks widely, writes on managing the ethical and public behavior of corporations and is frequently quoted in the press on business ethics issues. He co-edited a four-volume series released in 2006 entitled The Accountable Corporation. His current research interests include the design of corporate ethics programs and incentives for employees to act ethically, and the responsibility of boards for the ethical culture of the organization.

Hanson serves as Honorary Chair of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing, China’s first center on business ethics, and on the board of the Skoll Community Fund, one of two entities which comprise the Skoll Foundation, which pioneered the concept of social entrepreneurship. In 1995 he received the John Gardner Leadership Award from the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and in 2007 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education for contributions to business and society.

Hanson is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He held research fellowships and appointments at the Yale Divinity School and the Harvard Business School prior to beginning his academic career.