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Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course provides contemporary business ethics and CSR knowledge and skills which is required by every manager: 1) good knowledge of basic ethical theory (utilitarianism, deontology) as well as CSR and sustainability concepts and ability to apply it to various business dilemmas; 2) understanding of psychological and situational reasons for unethical decisions and ability to work with these factors in practice? 3) ability to design and use of mechanisms of managing ethics in the market (competition, state and self-regulation) and in the company (compliance systems and sustainability management). The course will include several intercampus activities where students of various campuses will work together online: 1) role games simulating decision-making and communication in the real companies, 2) debates and critical discussions of the moral dilemmas and challenges from contemporary business agenda. The course will be taught with collaboration of Russian Business Ethics Network: 1) guest lectures of RBEN members (directors of ethics and sustainability from leading Russian companies), 2) collection of RBEN teaching cases (the most recent and relevant practical material in business ethics and CSR).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Good knowledge of basic ethical theory (utilitarianism, deontology) as well as CSR and sustainability concepts and ability to apply it to various business dilemmas.
  • Understanding of psychological and situational reasons for unethical decisions and ability to work with these factors in practice
  • Ability to design and use of mechanisms of managing ethics in the market (competition, state and self-regulation) and in the company (compliance systems and sustainability management).
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To argue about vital ethical issues using sound theory and strong logic instead of emotions and conventional moral.
  • To resist from making an error in a situation of ethical choice and persuading others from making it.
  • To manage CSR behavior of your company using modern concepts and instruments (designing ethical codes, measurement and management systems for ethical conduct, preparing social reports)
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to Ethics
    • What is Ethics? • Why Managers Need to Study Ethics? • Moral Development of Manager • Structure of Ethics • Ethics and Law
  • Utilitarianism
    • Utilitarianism: Introduction • Utilitarianism: Principles • Utilitarianism: Criticism
  • Deontology
    • Deontology: Introduction • Deontology: Divine Command • Divine Command: Criticism • Deontology: Golden Rule • Golden Rule: Criticism • Categorical Imperative • Categorical Imperative: Criticism • John Rawls and Veil of Ignorance
  • Normative Business Ethics
    • Ethical Issues in Business: Typology • Contracts: Price • Contracts: Quality • Contracts: Making, Terminating and Breaking • External effects: Physical • External effects: Economic • External effects: Bad Partners • Ownership: Material Product • Ownership: Intellectual Product • Ownership: Natural Resource • Ownership: Public Good
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • CSR: Idea and Its Origins • CSR: Conceptual Search • Carroll’s Pyramid • Milton Friedman’ Argument • Stakeholder Theory • Separation Thesis • Corporations as Moral Agents • Sustainable Development • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Evolutionary Ethics and Business Behavior
    • Emotions and Ethics • Evolutionary Model of Man • Behavioral Programs o Punishment o Love and Friendship o Patriotism o Altruism to Strangers o Sense of Justice, Duty and Honesty • Optimal Combination of Behavioral Programs
  • Virtue Ethics as Character Development
    • Virtue Ethics: Ancient Greece • Virtue Ethics: Contemporary Scholars • Moral Leadership (A. Dianin-Havard)
  • Why People Make Evil Choices
    • Milgrom Experiment • Prison Experiment • Psychopaths • Ethical Blindness o Framing o Rationalization o Routines
  • Regulation of Ethics in the Market
    • Types of Enforcement • Direct Economic Enforcement • Indirect Economic Enforcement • Legal Enforcement • Self-Regulation by Associations • Ethical Labelling
  • Managing of Ethics in the Company
    • Ethics and Compliance Function • Code of Ethics • Ethical Leadership • Ethical Trainings • Ethical Communications • Hotline and Whistle Blowing • Ethics Committee
  • Managing of Sustainability in the Company
    • Corporate sustainability • How companies manage sustainability? • Strategies of corporate sustainability
  • Real World Cases in Business Ethics
    • Marketing Ethics • Ethics in HR • Ethics in Finance • Ethics in Purchasing • Ethics of IT
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar Participation (Discussions, Quizes, Cases)
  • non-blocking Essay Writing (team work)
  • non-blocking Online Test
  • blocking Exam
    Exam is held as a written test (30-50 closed-ended questions) based on all course issues and materials.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.3 * Essay Writing (team work) + 0.3 * Exam + 0.2 * Online Test + 0.2 * Seminar Participation (Discussions, Quizes, Cases)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • David M. Wasieleski, & James Weber. (2019). Business Ethics: Vol. First edition. Emerald Publishing Limited.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cam Caldwell. (2020). Business Ethics: Perspectives, Management and Issues. Nova.