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Online Course

Business Ethics

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


In these days of liberalization, globalization and privatization, the role of business has become expanded to include onerous social responsibility and proactive economic developments. As such, only ethical business can become the engine for this change. A business manager who is steeped in ethical values will be a welcome harbinger of that golden era. It is to be hoped that the legal department of every corporation will have the assistance of a manager with deep commitment to and professional expertise in Business Ethics, to provide proper inputs and guidance to the board of management.

This course would be definitely useful to anyone who is willing to acquire basic insights into the domain of business ethics. Also, the connection between ethics and social responsibility is also explained during the course.

Objectives of this course:

- Import Knowledge of Business Ethics to the Student

- Impart Knowledge of various Business Ethics practices

- Give students, understanding of modern Business Ethics and their
residing applications in different context



Weekly Plan
Week 1 : Meaning and Nature of Ethics, Moral and Ethics: Importance of Ethics, Types of Ethics,
Causes of Unethical BehaviorWeek 2 : Meaning, Nature and Importance of Business Ethics, Types of Business Ethics,
Factors Influencing Business Ethics,Corporate Ethics: Ethical Behavior and
Audit of Ethical BehaviorWeek 3 : Individual Ethics, Professional Ethics, Gandhian Philosophy of Ethical Behavior, Social Audit,
Concept of Globalization andGlobal Business Network, Relationship among Business,
Business Ethics and Business DevelopmentWeek 4 : Developing Business System Ethics relating to Ethics in Global Economy,
Marketing Ethics in Foreign Trade,Role of Business Ethics in Developing Civilized Society,
Concept of Corporate Social ResponsibilityWeek 5 : Relationship between CSR and Business Ethics, Justice and Economic Environment Protection,
Business Ethics andConsumer Protection, Business Ethics and Social JusticeWeek 6 : Arguments for and against Corporate Social Responsibility, Meaning of Functional Ethics,
Types of Ethics according toFunctions of Business (Marketing and HRM),
Types of Ethics according to Functions of Business (Purchase, Selling and Distribution)Week 7 : Patents, Copy-rights, Intellectual Property rights, Trade Marks, and Business Ethics,
Ethical Value System, ValuesWeek 8 : Indian Values and Ethics, Business Ethics, Ethics and Corporate Excellence,
Indian and Global Case Studies


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