Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
- Identify actors, concepts and contexts in business ethics using theoretical concepts and frameworks dealt with in the course;
- Identify and comment on ethical issues facing globally operating organisations today;
- Critically reflect on the potential implications of (un)ethical decision-making in global business and management;
- Apply knowledge of and insights into ethical issues in international organisations to engage in critical discussion, to analyze strategy and to formulate recommendations for best practice
Ethics is about views of right and wrong, and ethical decision-making affects everyone every day. In organizations that operate internationally, decision-making does not take place in a vacuum, but in potentially diverse social, political, legal and cultural contexts. As organizations and businesses expand across the globe, strategy and management increasingly involve ethical dilemmas that can have profound impacts on an organization’s local and global prospects in the short and longer term. As a result, business ethics, and particularly how it applies in organizations that operate internationally, has become an important area for academic study. This course considers the ethical challenges facing international organizations today and covers issues relating to three broad themes: ethical principles and national/cultural divergence, the changing role of business in societies and in economic development, and accountability and responsibility (e.g. governance and sustainability). The themes will be considered in a global (vs. local) context, in lectures, group discussions, and case study analysis.