The course focuses on ethical and responsibility dilemmas at the level of individuals, businesses, and society. It reflects the philosophy of business, one aim of which is to determine the fundamental purposes of a company.
Students will be able to develop an independent analysis and provide solutions to questions relating to managers and corporations’ dispositions and their ethnical and societal consequences. Knowledge gained from this course forms the basis of strategic and operational decisions relating to the structure and management of a business.
Knowledge: The students learn basic concepts and theories from the fields of business ethnics, CSR and corporate governance and stakeholder theory.
Skills: Students learn to recognize and solve ethical dilemmas, to participate in stakeholder analysis and to understand and influence employees’ behaviour. An integral part of the course is self-reflection, teamwork, and presentations. In the context of presentations students have the possibility to practice presentation techniques. Both presentations and discussions in the lessons help to develop rhetorical skills. Working together in a group develops teamwork capabilities.
Reflectivity: Students are made aware of management responsibilities and learn how to work in a constructively critical way.
The second part deals with organisational behaviour, i.e., the behaviour and attitudes of individuals and groups within the specific environment of businesses. Relevant topics relate to core process variables affecting people’s performance at work: For example, what factors stimulate job satisfaction and motivation? To what extent is employees’ motivation and success at work dependent on their personality profile (internal factors) or leadership (external factors)? Does power change people’s personality and if so, in what direction? What factors, beyond rational criteria, affect people’s perceptions and decision-making at work? In this respect various models and approaches to personality, social and organisational psychology will be reviewed. Critical-ethical reflection will be encouraged in considering the subsequent conclusions regarding students’ individual approach to leadership.
This module will be held at BI Norwegian Business School.