GRA 8163 Business Ethics in Practice (2018/2019) - RESIT EXAMINATION

GRA 8163 Business Ethics in Practice (2018/2019) - RESIT EXAMINATION

Course code: 
GRA 8163
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Øyvind Kvalnes
Product category: 
EMBA Business Administration - Core Courses
2019 Autumn
Active status: 
Re-sit exam
Resit exam semesters: 
2019 Autumn
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
Two semesters

In a global perspective, companies can no longer operate successfully without understanding the role of ethics in management and the importance of both personal and corporate integrity and accountability. Business executives must be able to identify ethical issues in advance, and to present morally and financially viable decisions. They also need to be familiar with the moral psychology of decision making: How can it be that ordinary, decent people in business get involved in corruption and other kinds of wrongdoing?

The overall goal of the course is to strengthen participants’ ability to understand, analyze and respond to a variety of ethical dilemmas in business.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The participants will become familiar with the basic concepts of business ethics, and their links to core business objectives and strategies. Concepts and findings from moral psychology will enhance their understanding of decision processes where ethical issues are at stake. Communication climate is a key element in working with ethics in a business community, and the participants will gain knowledge about ways to enhance dialogue about ethics in the workplace.

Learning outcomes - Skills

Dilemma training will be a central activity in the course. The purpose of the training will be to prepare the participants for the dilemmas they are likely to encounter in professional settings. They will learn to provide justification for their choices, and to analyze disagreement about moral issues. Through familiarity with ethical theories, concepts and principles, they will become better equipped to navigate in business environments where dilemmas are commonplace.

General Competence

The participants will learn to consider their professionalism in the light of how to deal with conflicts of interest and the effects on the environment and society.

Course content
  • Ethical Navigation in Business – A presentation of tools and concepts to analyze ethical dilemmas in business.
  • Moral Psychology: The effects of personal and situational elements on practical decision making.
  • Corruption: A case based discussion of the ethical implications of fraud, corruption, and bribery in business.
  • Communication Climate: An analysis of how business managers and their organizations can encourage feedback and dialogue concerning ethical issues
Teaching and learning activities

1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. 

The course is designed as a combination of lectures, case discussions, team presentations and group work.  

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

Specific information regarding student evaluation beyond the information given in the course description will be provided in class. This information may be relevant for requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several elements of the overall evaluation.

Deadline for submission of term paper will be 3-4 weeks after the module.

The course is a part of a full Executive MBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain a certificate.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Granted admission to the EMBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 81631
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal examiner with external supervisor
Examination when next scheduled course
100No1 Semester(s)Individual The evauluation will be based on individual term paper.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:The evauluation will be based on individual term paper.
Exam code:GRA 81631
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 2 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 54 hours.