Student guide International Program A.Y. 2006/07

Corporate ethics in a Global Market
David Lal
Aim of the course
To provide students with a critical awareness that values, moral and non-moral, can be handled systematically, and that business and industrial practices can be objectively evaluated from an ethical point of view.
On completion of this Seminar, students are expected to be able to:
1. Discuss and analyse the scope and purpose or corporate ethics and the theoretical underpinning associated with this area of analysis.
2. Critically assess the relationship between the employer and the employee from an ethical perspective.
3. Examine the moral responsibility of organisations and assess the role of corporate governance in determining ethical standards and behaviour.
Analyse the role of culture and managerial ethical behaviour from an International perspective, specifically Japan, UK, Europe and the USA.
An analysis of the scope and purpose of corporate ethics, examining what it is, why do it and, does it work? An examination of moral issues in business; why 'good' managers make bad ethical choices; case studies. An examination of the theoretical underpinning which supports ethical decision-making. An analysis of the relationship between the organisation and the employee - privacy at the workplace; insider trading; whistle blowing and employee loyalty; extortion and bribery; employee conflicts of interest; case studies. An examination of the relationship between business and the consumer - corporate responsibility, can a corporation have a conscience? Corporate responsibility; corporate executives, disasters and moral responsibility; corporate governance; advertising and marketing ethics; case studies.
The lecturer will assign a project to be carried out and presented to the group. The final mark will take into account both the written and oral presentation of the project work.
Reading list
Essential Reading:
-         Crane, A (2004) & Mullin, D, Business Ethics, Oxford;
-         Mellahi, K (2003) & Wood, G, The Ethical Business (TEB)- Challenges and Controversies, Palgray Mcmillan;
-         Mallin, C (2004), Corporate Governance (CG), Oxford;
Recommended Reading:
-         Chryssides, George & John Kaler (1999), Essentials of Business Ethics (EBE), McGraw Hill;
-         Dienhart, J.W. (2000), Business, Institutions and Ethics. OUP;
-         Fisher, C & A Lovell (2003), Business Ethics and Values, Prentice Hall;
-         McEwan, T (2001), Managing Values and Beliefs in Organisations (MBV), Prentice Hall;
-         McIntosh, M et al (2003), Living Corporate Citizenship, Prentice Hall;
-         Post, J. Lawrence, A & Weber, J (2005), Business & Society, McGraw Hill;