Business Ethics

Universidad de Salamanca

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business Ethics

  • Host University

    Universidad de Salamanca

  • Location

    Salamanca, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Ethics, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Available to TRACK A students ONLY.

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Business ethics

    1. The importance of Business ethics

    1.1. Business ethics defined

    1.2. Why study business ethics

    1.3. The development of business ethics: from the 1960s until nowadays

    1.4. The benefits of business ethics.

    2. Business ethics and normative theories

    2.1. A Kantian approach to business ethics

    2.2. Utilitarianism and business ethics

    2.3. Business ethics and virtue

    2.4. Social contract approach to business ethics

    2.5. Ethical relativism and ethical absolutism

    2.6. Rawls's theory of justice

    2.7. Nature and business ethics

    3. International business ethics

    3.1. Varieties of corporate social responsibility

    3.2. Capitalism-America finance based capitalism

    3.3. European sustainability version of capitalism

    3.4. Corporate social responsibility in Asia

    3.5. Does China nee corporate social responsibility to survive

    3.6. International agreements and the multiplicity of agreements

    3.7. Negotiated agreements and the question of legitimacy

    3.8. Philosophical grounding for constructing Universal norms

    4. Corporate moral agency

    4.1. Defining corporate culture

    4.2. The role of corporate culture in ethical decision making

    4.3. Organizational structure and business ethics

    4.4. Rival views of corporate responsibility

    4.5. Institutionalizing ethics within corporations

    4.6. The role of leadership in a corporate culture

    5. Stakeholder relationships, social responsibility and corporate governance

    5.1. Identifying stakeholders

    5.2. Social responsibility and the importance of stakeholders orientation

    5.3. Social responsibility and ethics

    5.4. Corporate governance provides formalized responsibility to stakeholders

    6. Employee rights

    6.1. The workplace:

    6.1.1. Civil liberties and the workplace

    6.1.2. Discipline and discharge

    6.1.3. Labor unions

    6.1.4. Working conditions

    6.1.5. Redesigning work

    6.2. Moral choices facing employees

    6.2.1. Obligations of the firm

    6.2.2. Abuse of official position

    6.2.3. Bribes and kickbacks

    6.2.4. Gifts and entertainment

    6.2.5. Self-­interest and moral obligations

    6.3. Job discrimination

    6.3.1. The meaning of job discrimination

    6.3.2. Evidence of discrimination

    6.3.3. Affirmative action

    6.3.4. Comparable worth

    6.3.5. Sexual harassment

    7. Consumers

    7.1. Fraud, protecting the consumers

    7.2. Product safety

    7.3. Deception and unfairness in advertising: the debate in advertising

    8. Business's environmental responsibilities

    8.1. Business and ecology

    8.2. The ethics of environmental protection

    8.3. Achieving our environmental goals

    8.4. Going deeper into environmental ethics

    9. Globalization of ethical decision-­making

    9.1. Capitalism, economics, and business ethics

    9.2. Common values, goals, and business practices

    9.3. Global business practices: consumerism, human rights, healthcare

    9.4. Sustainable developments

    9.5. International Monetary Fund

    9.6. World Trade Organization

    9.7. Multinational Corporation

    10. Cases:

    10.1. Monsanto attempts to balance stakeholders interests

    10.2. Wal-­Mart: The future is sustainability

    10.3. Arthur Andersen: Questionable accounting practices

    10.4. Starbucks mission: Social responsibility and brand strength

    10.5. Enron: Questionable accounting leads to collapse

    10. 6. New Belgium Brewery: Ethical and environmental responsibility


    Bowie, N. E. (2013): Business ethics in the 21st Century. Springer.

    Collins, D. (2009): Essentials of business ethics: Creating an organization of high integrity and superior performance. John Wiley & Sons.

    Jennings, M. M: (2008): Business Ethics_ Case Studies and Selected Readings, Sixth Edition.
    South-­Western College_West.

    Newton, L. (2014): Business Ethics in the Social Context_ Law, Profits, and the Evolving Moral Practice of Business. Springer International Publishing.

    Painter-­Morland, M. (2008): Business Ethics as Practice. Ethics as the Everyday Business of Business. Cambridge University Press.

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