This is a 2 day course that surveys a number of frameworks and models that can be used to cope with moral and ethical dilemmas. Famous cases will be used to provide a realistic grounding to the content and participants will be tasked to apply those concepts and discuss their insights. A particular emphasis is placed on the concept of justice, and how
The course is heavily group-focused and includes case discussion and role playing activities.
- Who’s Responsible for the Drawbridge Drama? by Mueller, U., and Schaefer, U., ESMT ES1042-PDF-ENG, 2010
- Learning objective: The case introduces students to topics such as “responsible leadership” and “responsible business”. It also provides an engaging illustration of how people look at the same context or phenomenon, but reach very different interpretations and judgments.
- “Rajat Gupta”, by Healy, P.M., and Soltes, E.,, Harvard Case no, 117004-PDF-ENG
- Learning objective: The case explores how a prominent and successful executive can engage in misconduct. In addition, the case explores the nature of illicit insider trading.
- “Through the Eyes of a Whistle-Blower: How Sherry Hunt Spoke Up About Citibank’s Mortgage Fraud”, by Waytz, A., and Kilibarda, V., Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern Univ. December 2014
- Learning objective: The case helps students to gain experience resolving ethical dilemmas in which two values may conflict, such as professional duty and personal ethics. It enables students to identify behaviors that help a whistle-blower be effective and discuss how incentive structures, management, and culture play roles in promoting or hindering ethical behavior in organizations.
- Friedman, M., “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits” New York Times Magazine, September 13th 1970
- “Just good business” Special Report, The Economist, January 2008
- Alchian, A., (1950) “Uncertainty, Evolution, and Economic Theory“, Journal of Political Economy, 58(3):211-221
- Schmidtz, D., (2006) Elements of Justice, Cambridge University Press [Buy from Amazon.com]
- The US Holocaust Museum has a module on Ethical Leadership