Ethical Practice OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Level Business Ethics Class by MIT

Published Jan 22, 2009

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Do business managers have a moral obligation to their customers? Could a higher ethical standard have prevented the housing and credit market collapse? In 'Ethical Practice: Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and the Purpose of the Corporation,' a free OpenCourseWare from MIT, students learn principles of business ethics that can help answer these questions. This is a graduate level Masters of Business Administration degree program course.

Ethical Practice (Professionalism, Social Responsibility and the Purpose of the Corporation): Course Specifics

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Ethical Practice (Professionalism, Social Responsibility and the Purpose of the Corporation): Course Description

From corporate executives to entrepreneurs, all business managers make decisions that impact employees, customers or stockholders. In the big picture, the choices business leaders make affect entire industries and world economies. This free OpenCourseWare introduced theories of business ethics that act as moral guides to future business managers. This postsecondary Business Administration class challenged students to think about ethical questions, from the purpose of corporations to the morality of lying in business negotiations. The original course was a mix of discussions over readings in business ethics and lectures. Throughout the course, students responded in writing to assignments that explored the moral implications of business management. Topics include personal character, criticism of capitalist philosophy and the rights of workers in a globalized economy. This free course was taught by Professor Leigh Hafrey.

This free OpenCourseWare provides a complete list of course assignments and a business ethics reading list. To find out more about the practice of ethics in the management of business, visit the ethics, business and management course page.

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