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Business Ethics: An Introduction to Ethics for Business Leaders

Dublin City University via FutureLearn


Get an introduction to the study of business ethics within a working environment

This informative course will take you through the main themes and concepts of ethics within a business context.

You’ll study business ethics according to four main topics: What is ethics? What are the main ethical approaches? What is the perspective of the individual within an organisation? And what is the role of the leader and the relationship between business and society?

Discover the main ethical theories that can be applied to business

You’ll get an in-depth insight into what ethics is, and will explore the main ethical theories that can be applied to businesses and organisations.

You’ll then take the perspective of the individual within a business, and will explore what ‘responsibility’ means within a business context. You’ll then cover the main misbehaviours that can happen within a business and ways in which to avoid them.

Reflect on the ethical decision making process within a business environment

You’ll then take a look at the role of managers and leaders within a business organisation, and will reflect on different theories on what the purpose of a business is. You’ll gain an insight into the decision-making process of a business, and will challenge the perception of what a leader’s role is.

Finally, you’ll reflect on the relationship between a business and wider society. You’ll explore the relevance of cultural diversity for business ethics, and will then identify why the UN Sustainable Development Goals are important for a business.

Learn from ethics experts at the Dublin City University Business School

You’ll be studying throughout with Dr. Marta Rocchi, an Assistant Professor in Corporate Governance and Business ethics at the DCU Business School.

This course is suited to those who are wanting to see how ethics are an integral part of any business.

This could be students aged 16+ who are wanting to study business and management or business and ethics at university, as well as those who are already working and are wanting to understand more about the subject.

Taught by

Marta Rocchi

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