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ELE 3710 Business and Professional Ethics

ELE 3710 Business and Professional Ethics

Course code: 
ELE 3710
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
7.5
Course coordinator: 
Johannes Brinkmann
Product category: 
Bachelor
Portfolio: 
Bachelor - Electives
Semester: 
2019 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

Business and professional ethics as a course topic has two main functions. On the one hand, ethics is potentially helpful when it comes to analyzing, handling and not least preventing moral conflict cases in business contexts. On the other hand, business ethics invites a constructive and critical look at business professional roles, at business practices, and not least at other business school disciplines.

The course emphasizes work with cases and it reflects that the subject business and professional ethics should be a field of good listening, reflection and discussion. For a first impression, watch perhaps a popular presentation of what the field is about such as the one by St Gallen university: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0NkGtNU_9w or search on your own for online presentations of business ethics and/or of corporate responsibility.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completing the course, students should:

  • Know the most important terminology, theories and authors' names within normative and descriptive business ethical theory 
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of chosen approaches
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completing the course students should: 

  • Be able to apply concepts and theories fruitfully and critically, to business ethical and professional ethical problems in the literature, as well as in real business and business school life 
  • Be able to draft and organize work with real moral conflict situations in business contexts 
  • Be able to identify ethical aspects in other business school subjects 
  • Be able to ask critical questions about such theories and about business practices 
Learning Outcome - Reflection
  • Ethics means reflection about complexity, dilemmas, questions of right and wrong, in this case in business and professional contexts 
  • After completing the course, students should have acquired a reflected attitude when it comes to their own morality, i.e. have developed personal ethics and a sense of social responsibility as a business school graduate 
  • Also, and not the least, students should have acquired an ability and a willingness to follow up words with deeds, never forgetting that business ethics is about the wise and responsible balancing of business and non-business considerations
Course content
  • Why moral conflict cases are ubiquitous
  • Cases sorted by fields, with debriefing and discussion: human resource management ethics, marketing and PR ethics, professional ethics, environmental ethics, cross-cultural business ethics
  • Business and professional ethics, additional topics and approaches
  • Business ethics and corporate responsibility, structured by different kinds of stakeholders
  • Business ethics as a research and a teaching discipline
  • Different approaches to moral philosophy. With a focus on discourse ethics and a Socratic dialogue in the Nelson-Heckmann tradition, see about the latter perhaps http://www.sfcp.org.uk/socratic-dialogue-2/
  • Thinking beyond moral conflict cases: business ethics as professional ethics
Learning process and requirements to students

The students are expected to document their learning process across various assignments and in a minimum diary (see below). The work on the term paper begins typically two weeks after the start of the course, at the latest.

Each students is expected to write a short diary of their learning process, covering each class meeting typically with 3-5 lines. This diary must be available as a basis for a short conversation with the instructor in the periphery of a class meeting.

No specified computer-based tools are required, but the course exploits and refers to useful web-based resources.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the course as a whole. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At re-sit all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

All critical information about course contents and course organisation are shared on the learning management system, accessed via @bi

Qualifications

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Required prerequisite knowledge

No special prerequisites.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
ELE37101
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
60No1 Semester(s)Group (3 - 3)In special cases, term paper groups can consist of two individuals or of interrelated individual papers.
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
ELE37101
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
25No15-20 Minute(s)Group (3 - 3)In special cases, term paper groups can consist of two individuals or of interrelated individual papers. Pre-recorded presentations are possible and sometimes even invited.
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation and discussion
Exam code:
ELE37101
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
15No -Individual Individual participation can be covered either by a book chapter presentation (or of a similar text), or by writing a term paper review.
Students are expected to show up for at least 80% of all class sessions.
Exams:
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (3-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:In special cases, term paper groups can consist of two individuals or of interrelated individual papers.
Exam code: ELE37101
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:25
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (3-3)
Duration:15-20 Minute(s)
Comment:In special cases, term paper groups can consist of two individuals or of interrelated individual papers. Pre-recorded presentations are possible and sometimes even invited.
Exam code: ELE37101
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation and discussion
Weight:15
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: -
Comment:Individual participation can be covered either by a book chapter presentation (or of a similar text), or by writing a term paper review.
Students are expected to show up for at least 80% of all class sessions.
Exam code: ELE37101
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam organisation: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Workload activityDurationType of durationComment student effort
Teaching30Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching30Hour(s)
Self study20Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments70Hour(s)Write term paper, individual and group work together
Submission(s)20Hour(s)Assignments and indiv feedback
Group work / Assignments30Hour(s)Other group work during and in addition to class , e.g. related to presentations
Expected student effort:
Workload activity:Teaching
Duration:30 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Prepare for teaching
Duration:30 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Self study
Duration:20 Hour(s)
Comment:
Workload activity:Group work / Assignments
Duration:70 Hour(s)
Comment:Write term paper, individual and group work together
Workload activity:Submission(s)
Duration:20 Hour(s)
Comment:Assignments and indiv feedback
Workload activity:Group work / Assignments
Duration:30 Hour(s)
Comment:Other group work during and in addition to class , e.g. related to presentations
Sum workload: 
200

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.

Talis literature

Obligatorisk/Compulsory

Book
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Crane, Andrew; Matten, Dirk cop. 2016 Business ethics: managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalization 4th ed Oxford University Press Students may replace the whole Crane&Matten book or chapters of it by a comparable text (in agreement with the teacher).
Document
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
2015 Additional readings in Business and professional ethics Itslearning (Online text collection). Such texts will be made available in the learning management system via @bi
Book
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Brinkmann, Johannes 2008 Ubehagelig næringslivsetikk: en essaysamling Licentia forl
Brinkmann, Johannes 2018 Ubehagelig næringslivsetikk II Gyldendal akademisk
Website
Authors/Editors År Tittel Edition Publisher StudentNote
Brinkmann, Johannes, see additional papers via BI Open Archive or via the various journals' websites. https://brage.bibsys.no/xmlui/browse?value=Brinkmann,%20Johannes&type=au...