Business Ethics Through Better Communication
Business Ethics Through Better Communication

Business Ethics Through Better Communication

Lead Author(s): Jessica Roisen

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Business ethics approached from the perspective of identifying communication barriers and practical problem solving.

Table of Contents


Module 1: Defining Business Ethics

Macro Learning Objective

  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the role that ethics plays in shaping and evaluating business-related decisions.

Micro Learning Objectives

  1. Distinguish legal considerations from ethical considerations
  2. Contrast ethical relevance from irrelevance
  3. Evaluate the ethical implications of stated company goals

Module 2: Understanding Normative Ethical Theories

Macro Learning Objective

  • By the end of this module, students will be able to explain traditional ethical theories.

Micro Learning Objectives

  1. Contrast instrumental from intrinsic value
  2. Identify desirable outcomes

Module 3: Objectivity and Subjectivity

Macro Learning Objective

  • By the end of this module, students will be able to explain the relevance of objectivity and subjectivity to Business Ethics.

Micro Learning Objectives

  1. Distinguish objective and subjective definitions of the good
  2. Identify competing notions of the good as sources of conflict

Module 4: Using Mediation

Macro Learning Objective

  • By the end of this module, students will be able to reframe conflict situations in terms of unclear communication.

Micro Learning Objectives

  1. Apply the principles of mediation to workplace conflict

Module 5: Determining Who Counts

Macro Learning Objective

  • By the end of this module, students will be able to explain the ethical grounding for a corporate obligation to others.

Micro Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the distinction between shareholder theory and stakeholder theory
  2. Classify corporate costs as internalities or externalities
  3. Integrate the harm principle into ethical decision making

Module 6: Moral Responsibility and Corporate Identity

Macro Learning Objective

  • By the end of this module, students will be able to explain the moral significance of corporate personhood

Micro Learning Objectives

  1. Distinguish competing concepts of corporate identity.
  2. Determine corporate moral obligation in light of various theories of corporate identity.
  3. Analyze the concept of Corporate Internal Decision Structures as supportive of corporate personhood.

Module 7: Establishing Fairness in Business

Macro Learning Objective

  • By the end of this module, students will be able to evaluate business practices as just or unjust.

Micro Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the concept of return on infrastructure as contrasted with return on investment.
  2. Analyze the concept of future generations.
  3. Integrate the concepts of Green War Theory, the Harm Principle and Future Generations.
  4. Generate a motivation for ethical corporate action on the basis of obligations of the Social Contract

Module 8: Determining Fair Wages

Macro Learning Objective

  • After this module, students will be able to analyze complex business ethics issues.

Micro Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze the concept of corporate personhood.
  2. Evaluate theories of fair wages.
  3. Compare ethical evaluations of sweatshops