Ethical Issues for Business Leaders

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Course Description:
This course uses a case study approach to focus on the significant ethical and legal issues facing today’s business leaders. The theoretical and philosophical background will be presented along with current real-life examples of ethics in the workplace.

Course Details




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Ferrell, Fraedrich, & Ferrell, Bundle: Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making & Cases, Loose-Leaf w/PAC (12th Edition), Cengage Learning, ISBN: 9781337614443


Assignment/course outline:

The following topics will be covered in this course at the discretion of the instructor:

  • The Importance of Business Ethics   
  • Stakeholder Relationships – Social Responsibility, & Corporate Governance   
  • Emerging Business Ethics Issues   
  • The Institutionalization of Business Ethics   
  • Ethical Decision Making & Ethical Leadership 
  • Individual Factors: Moral Philosophies & Values   
  • Organizational Factors: The Role of Ethical Culture & Relationships   
  • Developing an Effective Ethics Program
  • Managing & Controlling Ethics Programs
  • Globalization of Ethical Decision-Making


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree Learning Outcomes:  

BA-1 Exhibit knowledge of accounting, finance, management, legal, operations and marketing.   

BA-2 Identify MIS, economics, technology, statistical data and decision support tools for making effective business decisions.

BA-3 Recognize the impact of today’s global economy, diversity and cultures on businesses. 

BA-4 Comprehend how effective leadership, teamwork and ethics relate to best business practices.  

BA-5 Use effective oral and written communication skills, including effective research techniques.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Appraise the varying views of ethics including but not limited to:

  • economic view
  • corporate social responsibility
  • deontology
  • utilitarianism

Formulate how and who develops a corporate culture and the implications to corporate stakeholders. 

Contrast the difference between a corporate shareholder and a corporate stakeholder.

Evaluate key differences between employer responsibilities and employee rights under ethical decision making. 

Propose the changing environment in current ethics and the developing ethics of corporate sustainability in an environment of limited resources.

Formulate the impact of Corporate Governance, with recent changes in Accounting, Law and Finance on ethical decision making in a business environment changing into a global economy.


BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5   

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5   

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5   

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5   

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5   

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4, BA-5   


Tests, Quizzes, Homework



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Attend and participate in class regularly.
  • Read all assigned material before class.
  • Study in-class notes and online (Canvas) materials.
  • Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.
  • Participate in discussions.
  • Demonstrate your mastery of the required skills on quizzes, exams, etc.
  • Complete all assignments with promptness and accuracy.
  • All written documents as well as online assignments must be completed using correct grammar, spelling, and structure.

The grading breakdown is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor:


up to 40%

Test (which includes Midterm and Final) 

up to 60%

Assignments, Projects and/or Labs      

up to 40%


up to 20%


College-wide policies and resources

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