Creating an Ethical Organization OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Business Ethics Class

Published Feb 10, 2009

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'Creating an Ethical Organization,' an OpenCourseWare project by Open University, explores the connection between business strategy and business ethics. This course would be particularly useful for individuals interested in or currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration.

Creating an Ethical Organization: Class Specifics

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Creating an Ethical Organization: Class Description

This course is designed to teach students how to form an ethical organization by aligning strategies and focusing on ethics within the human resources department. Students begin by focusing on strategy and its incorporation into a business model. They review the different outside dynamics that affect strategy and, ultimately, the effect of external forces on shaping an organization.

Students then examine the role strategic human resources management plays in the formation of an ethical business organization. They define and study the concept of social capital, a type of synergy that occurs when people within an organization are working together for a common objective. They also examine the relationship between an organization and its stakeholders and methods to approach this relationship in an ethical manner.

Finally, students explore how creating a solid ethical foundation from within an organization, starting with the employees, is tied closely with the overall ethical character of that organization as a whole. This is a six-hour class.

'Creating an Ethical Organization' consists of outline notes, online activities and a student discussion forum. To access this free online course, visit the ethical organizations course page.

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