Business Ethics

Introduction

This is a dedicated web page for the standard course on Business Ethics. The course is designed for BBA/MBA students with a focus on models, implications and issues. A 3 credit hours course designed for 30 (1.5 hours each) lectures in 15 weeks, it takes the audience through a systematic journey in the field of Ethics and Business Ethics

Objectives

This unit aims to ensure that students acquire a managerial perspective on how to manage ethical challenges in the organizations. Students will develop the ability to integrate the use of ethics in day-to-day operations and to participate in the integration of ethical principles with decision making and overall business strategy. All managers require a working knowledge of managing ethical dilemmas which they face on daily basis.  In addition, an understanding of the use of business ethics can be a major factor in improving organizational outlook and personal level aspects. This course provides the participants with an understanding of ethics concepts, frameworks, and models for defining business models,  managing complex day to day human activities, and describing organizational and individual level orientation to CSR.  Learning will be accomplished through lectures, case studies, group presentation, and research.

Upon completion of the course the students will be able to:

Have a general understanding of the current state of Businesses
Beware of the desired approaches and Business challenges related to Ethics
Be familiar with the state of the art research in the field of Business Ethics

Curriculum

Introduction to Ethics: Ethics overview, Importance and Scope, Myths and Research based Facts, Challenges and Issues, Trends and Future Directions

Power Point Slides

Introduction to Stakeholder Management: SRT overview, Importance and Scope, Corporate Social Responsibility, Challenges and Issues, Corporate Governance and Strategies for CSR

Power Point Slides

Introduction to Ethical Dilemmas: Ethical Dilemmas cases, Definitions and concepts, ethical dilemmas types and examples, Approaches to handle dilemmas

Power Point Slides

Institutionalization of Business Ethics: Legal aspect of Ethics, Law types, SOX Act, Implications for business ethics, Challenges

Power Point Slides

Ethical Decision Making: Introduction to Decision Making as an essential managerial activity, Ethical Decision Making Process, Guideline Framework on Ethical Decision Making, Corporate Ethical Culture

 

Power Point Slides

Individual Factors: Moral Philosophies and Values, Utilitarianism, Deontology, Virtue Ethics, Effects of Values on Ethical Decision Making

 

Power Point Slides

Organizational Factors: Corporate Culture, Types of Ethical Culture, Role of Leadership, Relationships and their influence, Motivation and Group influences

 

Power Point Slides

Developing Ethical Programs: Ethical Programs and their need, Challenges facing Ethical Programs, Code of Ethics, Implementing Ethical Program, Common Mistakes in Ethical Programs

 

Power Point Slides

Featured Instructor

Farhan Mir

Course Features

  • Systematic progression through the concepts of Ethics and CSR
  • Case study approach using scenarios and examples from top international firms
  • Local case studies and examples to contextualize the themes based on local situations
  • Practical assignments and activities to invoke learning
  • In class and online discussions to bring on surface key issues, controversies and hot debates

Assignments & Projects

This section is dedicated to the major assignments and projects in this course. The assignments and projects build up the important percentage of the assessment as the students are required to translate the learning from the course contents to practical scenarios and develop understanding on the managerial implications.

Major Projects

Case Study Presentations

A Group task using the standard case study approach, students need to demonstrate understanding on the evolutionary developments in a selected organization

Requirements

Students need to develop a proper case study using the case study development guidelines

Case Study Presentation Guidelines

Eventually will present their findings in the shape of a Presentation in front of the class or classes on Multimedia choosing the given case studies

Assignment Details

Students in groups of 8-10 will be assigned a case study from the list of cases

Students will develop a systematic presentation for in class activity and initiate discussion among their class mates

Students need to submit both Hard (Printed) and Soft copies (Computer files) of the Case itself and that of the PowerPoint Presentation

This is day 1 so you can start working now!
I will myself present at least one Case Study well before the presentation schedule so that you people have an idea

Refer to List of Case Studies in Section 5 of the selected text by Ferrells (10th Edition)

Due Date:

Submission of proposals in the first week right after the Mid term exams
Presentation will start in the 4th week after Mid term exams

Past Case Studies

Career Development at Mobilink 

Recruitment and Selection at CCPBL

HRIS at Shell Pakistan