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Based on: Corporate Governance by William Frey, Jose A. Cruz-Cruz

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Name: Business Ethics
ID: col10491
Language: English (en)
Summary: Business Ethics is a derived copy from the Corporate Governance course previously published in Connexions. While many courses using this title place emphasis on applying classical philosophical and ethical theory, this course's approach is decidedly interdisciplinary and practical. It is not designed as a socio-humanistic elective, a service philosophy course, or even an applied philosophical ethics course but as a laboratory, skills-based course where students develop, practice, and refine decision-making and problem-solving strategies that they will carry with them into the world of business practice. Emphasis has been placed on responding to the four ethical themes identified by the AACSB ethics task force: Ethical Leadership, Ethical Decision-Making, Social Responsibility, and Corporate Governance. Modules include (1) theory building activities (responsibility, rights, virtue), (2) problem specification frameworks emphasizing socio-technical system building and analogies with design, (3) specific modules responding to AACSB ethics themes (moral ecologies, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and a history of the modern corporation) and (4) modules that provide the course with a capstone, integrative experience (Business Ethics Bowl, Social Impact Statement Reports, and Corporate Ethics Compliance Officer Reports). While a quick glance shows that this collection holds more modules than can possibly be covered in a single semester, this approach gives the user flexibility as to the method used for integrating ethics into the business administration curriculum. Modules can be recombined into different standalone courses such as business ethics, business/government/society, or environment of organizations. Since each module can be covered independently, they can be integrated into the business administration curriculum as specific interventions in mainstream business courses in areas like accounting, finance, management, information systems, human resources or office administration. (In fact many have been written for and tested in these circumstances.) Business Ethics has been developed through the NSF-funded project, "Collaborative Development of Ethics Across the Curriculum Resources and Sharing of Best Practices," NSF SES 0551779.
Collection Subtype: Course
Subject: Business, Science and Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences
Keywords: Business, Corporate Governance, EAC Toolkit, Ethical Decision-Making, Ethical Leadership, Ethics, Social Responsibility
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 2.0

Authors: William Frey (
Copyright Holders: William Frey (
Maintainers: William Frey (

Latest version: 1.9 (history)
First publication date: Nov 19, 2007 3:51 pm US/Central
Last revision to collection: Jan 2, 2009 10:31 am US/Central

Based On: Corporate Governance
Originally By: William Frey (, Jose A. Cruz-Cruz (

Version History

Version: 1.11 Sep 4, 2013 2:31 pm GMT-5 by William Frey
Added disclaimer for Amazon reprintings.  Also added jcruz in various authoring roles.

Version: 1.10 Aug 29, 2013 12:51 pm GMT-5 by William Frey
Added disclaimer

Version: 1.9 Jan 2, 2009 10:31 am US/Central by William Frey Currently viewing this version.
Rewrote abstract and changed points in metadata

Version: 1.8 Dec 31, 2008 7:15 am US/Central by William Frey
Dropped Incident at Morales module and substituted Responsibility and Incident at Morales module.  Added CECO report module and moved moral ecology module to CSR unit.  Added new module on ethics of risk and Machado case module.

Version: 1.7 Aug 15, 2008 9:24 am GMT-5 by William Frey
Added moral ecology module

Version: 1.6 Aug 6, 2008 3:44 pm GMT-5 by William Frey
Transferred m15783 (Gilbane Gold) to DM unit.  Minor changes in module order in first two units.

Version: 1.5 Aug 6, 2008 1:47 pm GMT-5 by William Frey
1. Added m15627 (Resp and Morales) and m15991 (Writing Cases) to CG Section.  Also changed unit/section title.  2. Transferred m14025 (STS) and m14257 (TX Laptops) to Decision Making unit.  3. Added new modules on history of corporation (m17314) and corporate social responsibility (m17318) to Corporate Social Responsibility Section (Changed unit title).

Version: 1.4 Feb 8, 2008 4:49 am US/Central by William Frey
Dropped Integrating SOV into course syllabus.  Added SOV Pre-Test to reflect actual course progression Spring 2008.

Version: 1.3 Feb 1, 2008 5:05 am US/Central by William Frey
Added module, Values-Based Decision-Making in Gilbane Gold

Version: 1.2 Dec 15, 2007 6:22 pm US/Central by William Frey
Added m15627, Theory Building Activity: Responsibility and Incident at Morales

Version: 1.1 Nov 19, 2007 3:53 pm US/Central by William Frey
This is a new course derived from Corporate Governance.  Computing Cases case studies have been added.  New section for cases has been developed.  Structure has been changed to better correspond to AACSB requirements.

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