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Law, History, Communication

LHC 309 Business Ethics and Accountability
  1.5 hours Elective Terms Offered: F13(A)
  Advisory Prerequisites: Junior standing or above 
  Business Ethics and Accountability --- In an increasingly complex and global business environment, ethical decision making is a crucial skill for all business leaders. The ability to make ethically sound judgments and persuade others of the importance of a sometimes unpopular choice-and to do so under pressure-is an advantage during a career in any type of organization. The Business Ethics and Accountability course provides students with the tools and analytical skills to spot and avoid ethical risk and then to use their ethical reasoning and analysis skills to succeed as leaders in their chosen field.
The course will first cover the background and justification for applying ethical frameworks to business action. Next, the course addresses distinct topics such as the nature of the ethical corporation and the role of the corporation in society, stakeholder analysis, and the legal and economic influences on decision making and negotiation. Finally, the course examines the evolution of corporate social responsibility, ethical choices while weathering a crisis, ethical leadership by individuals and organizations, and international topics and multinational operations (such as cross-cultural ethics and corruption). The course concludes with a discussion of current topics in business ethics, such as environmental sustainability and the challenges of serving the Base of the Pyramid.
This course complements the frameworks and concepts presented in LHC 310.