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SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

COURSE SYLLABUS





Business Ethics


Spring semester 2009/2010 academic year


Instructor:

Storchevoy, Maxim A.

Senior Lecturer, Strategic and International Management Department

E:mail: storchevoy@som.pu.ru

Course materials: http://storchevoy.som.pu.ru


Organization of the course

Program

Bachelor program (all students)

Year

3

Course status

Compulsory

Workload

45 hours

Prerequisites

Microeconomics

Teaching methods

Lectures, group work, class discussions, simulations, essays, student presentations, movies analysis etc.


General description:

The course will teach you modern concepts in business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) with emphasis on their application to real ethical dilemmas in global marketplace. An important focus of the course is on theoretical foundations of ethical reasoning without conventional taken-for-granted and biases. Another vital component of the course is a range of practical instruments intended for managing business ethics in the company. The last part of course deals with detailed study of ethical issues in various management functions (corresponding with majors of GSOM bachelor program): marketing, HR, financial management, international management, public administration.


Course objectives:

After this course you should KNOW

  1. Basic approaches in normative ethical theory: utilitarianism, universalism, virtues ethics and others; explain common and contradicting arguments of these approaches; apply these concepts to analysis of any situation from real business.

  2. Basic ideas of positive ethical theory (an evolutionary approach) which help to understand programmed emotional behavior and origins of social norms. Also you will learn basic facts about behavior of real managers and businessmen in situations of ethical choice in various countries.

  3. Modern concepts of business ethics – the CSR and its derivatives, stakeholders theory and others – and their practical and theoretical potential and limitations.

  4. A theory of managing business ethics in an economy, an industry or a company, which is based on normative and positive ethical theories.

  5. Most important organizations which coordinate and govern CSR activity of modern companies, their history, achievements and potential.

  6. All important ethical issues in most relevant management disciplines – marketing, finance, HR, public administration etc.


After this course you should have next SKILLS and ABILITIES:


  1. To argue about vital ethical issues using sound theory and strong logic instead of emotions and conventional moral.

  2. To resist from making an error in a situation of ethical choice and persuading others from making it.

  3. To explain any observable behavior of businessmen and managers in real situations of ethical choice.

  4. To manage CSR behavior of your company using modern concepts and instruments.




Course content

Hours

Introduction. So, what is right?

2







Part 1. Normative Business Ethics.










Topic 1. Utilitarianism: theory and application.

4

Topic 2. Universalism: theory and application.

4

Topic 3. Other normative ethical theories.

2







Part 2. Positive Business Ethics.










Topic 4. Where do norms come from?

6

Topic 5. Which norms exist in modern business?

2







Part 3. Modern concepts of Business Ethics.





Topic 6. Corporate social responsibility.


4

Topic 7. Stakeholders theory.

2







Part 4. Managing Business Ethics.





Topic 8. Managing business ethics in a market.


2

Topic 9. Managing business ethics in global economy.

2

Topic 10. Managing business ethics in a company.

2







Part 5. Business Ethics: Cases.





Topic 11. Business ethics in marketing.


2

Topic 12. Business ethics in human resource management.

2

Topic 13. Business ethics in international management

2

Topic 14. Business ethics in financial management.

2

Topic 15. Business ethics in public administration.

2


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Plan of classes


Class 1

Introduction. So, what is right?


Date:

Duration: 2 hours

Room:


Key points:

  • Why study business ethics?

  • Basic ethical concepts (good, justice).

  • Normative, positive and instrumental ethics.

  • General and special (professional) ethics.

  • Evaluation of action and evaluation of system.

  • Open moral problems.

  • Case 1: Air controllers strike.

  • Case 2. Lockheed bribery scandals.

  • Case 3. Ford Pinto.


After this class you should understand:

  • Difference between good and justice.

  • Relation between general and special ethics.

  • Difference between normative, positive and instrumental ethical approaches.

  • What does “open” moral problem mean.

  • The impossibility of solving open moral problems without studying ethical theory.


Home assignment to next class:

Watch the movie Other People’s Money (1991). Compare various approaches to ethics in business which are followed by main characters of the film. State the ethical dilemma of every character.


Part 1. Normative business ethics.


Class 2

Topic 1. Utilitarianism (theory)


Date:

Duration: 2 hours

Room:


Key points:

  • Two basic principles of utilitarianism

  • And ancient roots of utilitarianism

  • J. Bentham and classic utilitarianism

  • The strong version of utilitarianism

  • Methodological weakness of the strong version

  • Weak version of utilitarianism and welfare economics

  • Pareto-improvement and pareto-incomparability

  • Kaldor-Hicks criterion



Class activities:

The instructor posits a research task and facilitate its discussion and developing by students (the students are invited to search for methodogical weaknesses and logical inconsistencies in the utilitarian paradigm)


After this class you should understand:

The nature and limitations of utilitarian theory as well as its connections to microeconomics.


Readings::

  • Slides and lecture notes.

  • Crane A., Mattens D. Business Ethics. Oxford University Press. 2006. Chapter 2 "Utilitarianism" pp. 94-97.

  • Jones C., Parker M., Bos. R. For Business Ethics. Routledge, 2005. Chapter 3 "Business Ethics I: Consequences"

  • Rossouw D. (with Leon van Vuuren) Business Ethics. Oxford University Press. 2005. Chapter 7 "Prescriptive Ethics", pp. 59-62

  • Bentham J. A. Fragment on Government (1776)

  • Bentham J. A. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1780).



Class 3

Topic 1. Utilitarianism (application)


Date:

Duration: 2 hours

Room:


Key points:

Application of strong and weak versions of utilitarianism for real cases analysis:

  • A monopolist raises prices twofold.

  • A poor teacher installs unlicensed copy of Windows OS.

  • A firm sells fake vitamins.

  • A firm gets lucrative proposition and breaks other contract.

  • A firm invents a profitable technology which makes other firms bankrupt.

  • The employees strike demanding for pay increase

  • A firm makes profit selling a harmful product


Class activities:

Examination of one case with the students (10-15 min), then group working: each group prepares the analysis of another case (10-15 мин.) and presents the summary to the whole audience (one presentation is 3-5 min). Then the instructor demonstrates his (her) own variant of analysis for each case presented by students. In the end every group gets a mark from the instructor for correctness of analysis and a mark from the audience for the presentation.


After this class you should be able:

To analyze any ethical problem from the real business with utilitarianism principles.


Readings:

  • Slides and lecture notes.



Class 4

Topic 2. Universalism (basic theory)


Date:

Duration: 2 hours

Room:


Key points:

  • What is the difference between utilitarianism and universalism?

  • What is teleology (consequentialism) и deontology (non-consequentialism)?

  • What is a foundation of divine commandments?

  • What is the foundation of ethical criterion (categorical imperative) of Kant

  • What is limitation of Kant’s ethical criterion?

  • What is the foundation of Rawls’s ethical criterion?

  • What problems are solved by the Rawls’s criterion but are not solved by Kant’s criterion?

  • Could we say that criteria of Rawls and Kant are equivalent?

  • When Kant’s criterion and Rawls criterion lead us to contradictive conclusions?

Class activities:

The instructor posits research tasks and facilitate their discussion and developing by students.


After this class you should understand:

Any rule or norm has its foundation. Creating a theory which can build the foundation for a theory is not an easy task. The greatest minds of the past proposed their theories for that but we should know that every sound theory is based not on the reputation and authority of its author but on the logical analysis.


Home assignment to next class:

Watch the movie The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas (2008). What is the morale of the firm? Which normative ethical concepts does it illustrate?


Readings:

  • Slides and lecture notes.

  • Crane A., Mattens D. Business Ethics. Oxford University Press. 2006, Chapter 2 "Non-consequentialist theories", pp. 97-109.

  • Jones C., Parker M., Bos. R. For Business Ethics. Routledge, 2005, Chapter 4 "Business Ethics II: Intentions".

  • Kant I. Critique of Practical Reason, 1788

  • Kant I. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, 1785.

  • Rawls J. A Theory of Justice. Harvard University Press, 1971.


Class 5.

Topic 2. Universalism (application of basic theory to systems)


Date:

Duration: 2 hours

Room:


Key points:

  • What is justice?

  • Are criteria of Kant and Rawls sufficient for developing of an ethical social system?

  • Various basic values lead to various just social systems.

  • Public choice of an ethical social system and its limitations

  • What is distributive justice?

  • How should we distribute the “pie” by the Rawls’s criterion?

  • What is procedural justice?

  • Which procedures could help to solve the pie distribution problem?

  • What is commutative justice?

  • What is just price (rules of goods exchange)?

  • What is just wage (rules of selling labour services)?

Class activities:

The instructor posits research tasks and facilitate their discussion and developing by students. Working in groups analyzing pie distribution problem: every group prepares a variant of solution (10-15 min) and then all groups present their variant to the audience (2-3 min each). Individual written analyzes of “just price” and “just wage” in the end of class (15-20 min). .


After this class you should understand:

All real norms governing exchange of goods or resources are based on fundamental ethical norms.


Readings:

Slides and lecture notes.


Class 6.

Topic 2. Universalism (application)


Date:

Duration: 2 hours

Room:


Key points:

Application of Kant’s and Rawls’s critera to real cases:

  • A monopolist raises prices twofold.

  • A poor teacher installs unlicensed copy of Windows OS.

  • A firm sells fake vitamins.

  • A firm gets lucrative proposition and breaks other contract.

  • A firm invents a profitable technology which makes other firms bankrupt.

  • The employees strike demanding for pay increase

  • A firm makes profit selling a harmful product


Class activities:

Examination of one case with the students (10-15 min), then group working: each group prepares the analysis of another case (10-15 мин.) and presents the summary to the whole audience (one presentation is 3-5 min). Then the instructor demonstrates his (her) own variant of analysis for each case presented by students. In the end every group gets a mark from the instructor for correctness of analysis and a mark from the audience for the presentation.


After this class you should be able:

To analyze any ethical problem from the real business with utilitarianism principles.


Readings:

Slides and lecture notes.

Class 7

Topic 3. Other normative ethical theories


Date:

Duration: 2 hours

Room:


Key points:

  • Virtues ethics: the antique tradition

  • Virtues ethics: A. Macintyre

  • Virtues ethics: R. Solomon

  • Absolute egoism.

  • Other approaches (feminist ethics, post-modernist ethics etc.)

  • What ethical approach do you choose?


Class activities:

The instructor posits research tasks and facilitate their discussion and developing by students.


After this class you should understand:

There are various approaches to normative ethics, but not all of them actually meet demands of normative theory characteristics. Another important question: which approach should be pursued after all? The knowledge of many alternative approaches still leaves the individual under the necessity of choosing the one to follow.


Readings:

  • Slides and lecture notes.

  • Crane A., Mattens D. Business Ethics. Oxford University Press. 2006. Chapter 3 "Normative Ethical Theories", pp. 93-94, 110-118

  • Jones C., Parker M., Bos. R. For Business Ethics. Routledge, 2005. Chapter 5 "Business Ethics III: Virtues

  • Rossouw D. (with Leon van Vuuren) Business Ethics. Oxford University Press. 2005. Chapter 7 "Prescriptive Ethics", pp. 59-62

  • Macintyre A. After Virtue.

  • Solomon, R. C. Corporate roles, personal virtues: an Aristotelian approach to business ethics. Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 2 pp.317-40. 1992

  • Solomon, R. C. Victims of Circumstances? A Defense of Virtue Ethics in Business. Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 13 pp.43-62. 2003



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