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ECTS Course Overview

Business Ethics

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Course Unit Code115-0503/03
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated4 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredSummer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionEnglish
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
KLI0213doc. PhDr. ThDr. Lucjan Klimsza, PhD.
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the overall issues of ethics in its applied form. Guides students from the theoretical foundations of the field of ethics, through a brief outline of the development of this field to the applied form of ethics. Introduces students to basic ethical categories. The main task of the course is to show the practical use of ethics in economic practice and the possible consequences of ethical or unethical behavior in the organization. The aim of the course is the development of ethical thinking and understanding of ethical issues and their interrelationships in ethics, especially business ethics. We understand business ethics not only at the individual and local level, but also at the global level with all the consequences associated with it. The overall significance of the course is in the connection of theory with the practical use of acquired knowledge in the economic practice of organizations.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
1. Explain an importance and terms of business ethics and corporate social
2. Identify sources of ethical thought.
3. Review methods and instruments of business ethics and corporate social
4. Order findings of chosen ethic theme.
5. Order findings of chosen ethic theme and ethical problem resolution.
Course Contents
1. Terms definition (ethic, business ethic, specificity of business ethic)
- Relation between ethic and economy, justice.
- Resources of ethical thought.
2. Fundamental ethic categories and terms – values, value orientation, good and evil, moral norms.
- Manager’s ethical values.
- Value’s influence on behavior.
- Ethical values ​​of managers.
- Values of successful managers.
3. Factors influencing ethical behavior. Individual, social and organizational factors. Organizational culture.
- Whistleblowing. Warring on unethical acting in organization.
Ethical decision making – fundamental models.
4. Corporate social responsibility and manager‘s responsibility.
- Factors influencing individual and organizational responsibility. Corporate governance.
5. International business ethics. Ethic in global corporations.
- Reset of culture differences.
6. Instruments of ethical behavior expanse in an organization.
- Code of conduct, ethical training, stakeholders, communication, role of ombudsman, values in firm’s vision.
7. Skills important to an ethical behavior.
- Possibilities and bounds of ethical behavior‘s increasing.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
FERELL, O. C., John FRAEDRICH a Linda FERREL. Business Ethics. Ethical Decision Making and Cases. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2019. 672 p. ISBN 978-1-337-61443-6.
HARTMAN, Laura P., Joseph DESJARDINS a Chris MACDONALD. Business Ethics. Decision Making for Personal Integrity and Social Responsibility. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018. 576 p. ISBN 978-1-259-41785-9.
MELÉ CARNÉ, Domènec. Business Ethics in Action: managing human excellence in organizations. 2nd ed. London: Red Globe Press, 2020. 424 p. ISBN 978-1-137-60917-5.
BĄK, Sylwia a Piotr JEDYNAK. Risk management maturity: a multidimensional model. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023. 112 p. ISBN 978-1-032-36236-6.
COOPER, Cary L., ed. Wiley encyclopedia of management. Volume 2, Business ethics. 3rd ed. Chichester: Wiley, 2014. 6536 p. ISBN 978-1-119-97251-8.
NOE, Raymond A., John R. HOLLENBECK, Barry A. GERHART a Patrick M. WRIGHT. Human resource management: gaining a competitive advantage. 13e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2023. 571 p. ISBN 978-1-265-06401-3.
Recommended Reading:
COLLINS, Denis. Business Ethics. Best Practices for Designing and Managign Ethical Organizations. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2019. 608 p. ISBN 978-1-5063-8805-2.
SCALET, Steven. Markets, Ethics, and Business Ethics. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2019. 314 p. ISBN 978-1-138-58096-1.
TREVIÑO, Linda K. a Katherine A. NELSON. Managing Busines Ethics. Straight Talk About How To Do It Right. Hoboken: John Willey & Sons, 2017. 490 p. ISBN 978-1-119-38607-0.
BALI, Shivani, Sugandha AGGARWAL a Sunil SHARMA, ed. Industry 4.0 technologies for business excellence: frameworks, practices, and applications. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022. 268 p. Demystifying technologies for computational excellence: moving towards society 5.0. ISBN 978-0-367-69117-2.
CHROUST, Gerhard, Petr DOUCEK a Václav OŠKRDAL, ed. IDIMT-2022: Digitalization of Society, Business and Management in a Pandemic : 30th Interdisciplinary Information Management Talks : Sept. 7-9, 2022, Prague, Czech Republic. Linz: Trauner, 2022. 500 p. Schriftenreihe Informatik, 51. ISBN 978-3-99113-758-0.
SWUSTE, Paul, J. GROENEWEG, F. W. GULDENMUND, Coen van GULIJK, Saul M. LEMKOWITZ, Yvette OOSTENDORP a A. W. ZWAARD. From safety to safety science: the evolution of thinking and practice. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022. 406 p. ISBN 978-0-367-43122-8.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Individual consultations, Project work
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined