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Starts August 18, 2014

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.

Kirk O. Hanson

Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

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 education.

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 that 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.