ETH401: Making Ethical Management Decisions

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Course Overview

This course prepares students to make ethical decisions when faced with difficult business situations. It features the EthicsGame: Hot Topics™, a Web-based simulation that applies four traditional ethical theories (lenses) to actual business scenarios:

  • Kant – Rights and Responsibilities

  • Mill – Results

  • Rawls – Relationships

  • MacIntyre – Reputation

The course project, The EthicsGame™ Simulation: Exploring Ethics in Business Situations, offers students the opportunity to act in a manager’s role by analyzing ethical situations and making actionable decisions in a simulated company. Students submit a final report describing the organizational culture, perceived ethical climate, processes by which ethical decisions were made within the company and recommendations for the future.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Learn to recognize the predominant ethical theories that have affected business in a historical and cultural context.
  • Use a decision-making model to resolve ethical dilemmas.
  • Write an effective memo communicating ethical decisions.
  • Consider ethical and policy issues that are critical to becoming an ethical and effective member of the business community.
  • Formulate a personal code of ethics that will inform the business decision-making process.