This course does not fulfill the BYU Marriott School Core Management Requirement. You must take the on-campus course to fulfill this requirement.”
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Trevino, Linda, and Katherine Nelson. Managing Business Ethics: Straight Talk about How to Do It Right. 6th ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2013 - 9781118582671
Sandel, Michael J. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2010.
We will work to fulfill the objectives of the course in the following ways:
Complete approximately 6–8 pages of written work.
In lessons 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15 you will complete the chapter discussion questions. They will consist of about thirty-five 1–2-paragraph responses to chapter questions.
Complete 1 written page (submitted early in the course, revised, and submitted again at the end of the course).
This document may be brief but should represent an extremely high degree of introspection and refinement over the course of the semester. In its final draft, the document should be a polished statement of personal values that integrates concepts and ideas you have learned during the semester and that can guide your decision making as you face moral dilemmas and personal challenges in your future organizational and personal life. It should ultimately be a concise and evolving statement of the most important things you have learned about ethics. The document’s contents and form will be highly individualized. Thus, I provide few formatting or stylistic guidelines. Create a document that is meaningful to you.
Complete 4–5 pages.
Briefly identify an ethical dilemma you have experienced. A work-related or organization-related dilemma is best, but any ethical dilemma will work. Then use the ethical frameworks (philosophical theories such as consequentialist, deontological, and virtue ethics) or the eight steps handout to analyze the ethical dilemma. Evaluate what you did based upon the theories or the steps. Think about the following kinds of questions (but do not try to answer all of them!): If you were aware of the issue as an ethical issue, what made you aware? What cognitive biases influenced your decision making in this situation? What did you learn from your analysis? Did using these frameworks raise new issues or considerations? What do you think now about what you did? Would you do things differently in the future? Why or why not?
Complete a worksheet for each dilemma. There will be 8 worksheets.
Complete 4–5 pages.
The private sector is filled with unique and current ethics issues. Find a topic that is unique to this sector, outline the issues that make it an ethical concern, and then discuss the implications. Another angle would be to find a current issue that has timely ethical content, outline it, and then apply ethical theory.
Complete 6–8 pages.
Begin by choosing a particular industry (retail, pharmaceuticals, energy, clothing, entertainment, telecommunications, auditing, automobile, chemicals, financial services, health care, consumer products, real estate, hospitality, agriculture, consulting, defense, food, among others). The paper should consist of two sections. The first will identify the types of involvement in corporate social responsibility. The second section will focus on ethics efforts within the industry—what issues face the industry and what people are doing about it. Finally, I strongly encourage you to get approval on your topic before you begin.
Complete about 10–20 paragraphs of self-reflection in addition to 6–9 pages of more guided or directed writing. You will submit this at the end of the course.
All written assignments should be typed in a .doc or .docx file with standard formatting (12 point, 1 inch margins).
The midterm exam will consist of 35 multiple-choice questions and one essay question.
The final exam will consist of 30 multiple choice and 2 essay questions.
In summary, your grade will be based on the following:
|Personal Ethical Dilemma Assignment||100|
|Ethical Dilemma Worksheets||100|
|Business Ethics Topic Paper||100|
|Orgnizational Ethics Report/CSR Paper||100|
|Personal Code of Ethics||50|
|E (fail)||59% or below|
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Mid-course Exam and Final Exam proctored, instructor-graded exams, no retakes, must pass the final in order to pass the course
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