Business Ethics and Society
'Managers must have the courage to ask questions, to press for answers and to speak out when things are going wrong.’ (Graduate Management Admission Council, Autumn 2002)
The objective of this module is to attempt to develop moral sensibility and practical reasoning in the context of managerial everyday action in organisations. The module will be concerned with morality in action, as it happens, rather than a removed reflection on codes and principles of ethics. It will aim to show that ethics in action is diffused and difficult. Nevertheless, managers and employees have a responsibility to `work it out’ for themselves. It is this 'how to work it out’ that the course will keep as its focus. The module will use a number of case studies as a basis to develop this moral sensibility so that managers will be able to act in a morally appropriate manner as part of their ongoing organisational action.
By the end of the module you should have developed:
- An understanding of the ethical perspectives shaping individual decisions
- An understanding of how to assess ethical responsibilities through case study analysis
- An appreciation of why it is important for managers and employees to care about ethics
Tutors: Dr Sarah Gregory