MB 506 Business & Organizational Ethics
Instructor: Craig Fischer
Class Location: Whitworth in the U-District
Meeting Times: 6:00-9:30
I will generally be in our classroom before class, and I'm happy to stay after. I will also make individual appointments outside of our meeting times and consult via email.
Note about contacting me: I will typically keep contact hours for email between 7AM – 5PM Monday-Saturday. Email received after 5PM may not be answered until the following day. I will commit to a fast response time, but I encourage students when faced with a question to: 1. review lecture notes/handouts/discussion, 2. research the question for answers, and 3. ask classmates via Blackboard or other means. Course Description:
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the theory and practical application of ethical issues facing business and organizational leaders/ in the 21st century. Students will explore a variety of ethical paradigms and will become actively engaged in the evaluation and in-depth examination of critical topics in management today. This course is organized in a seminar format and with 6 in-person and two virtual meeting times focusing on a specific topics in each session. Course Texts:
Selected Readings - Provided by instructor
Whitworth’s Educational Principles:
Whitworth’s educational principles are grouped broadly into three categories as described on pages 7 and 8 of the Whitworth University catalog: 1. The knowledge that students will gain
2. The skills we believe are needed to work effectively in the world 3. The faith and values that our community seeks to reflect
This course is designed to integrate all three of these principles through the process of learning, practicing and applying knowledge in the area of business ethics. Students will gain knowledge and skills needed to understand basic accounting and its application in an ever-changing business environment through study, practice and application. The integration of ethics and values in a manager’s role in business will be addressed specifically in the course content.
Program Mission and Outcomes:
The mission of the Whitworth School of Business is to develop ethical global professionals. This course will provide a platform on which students will be able to demonstrate competency through the ethical application of managerial concepts in a “real-world” setting.
The learning outcomes for students completing Graduate Studies in Business state that one should be able: 1. to understand the sources and uses of data and to know how to evaluate and use data and other information; 2. to think and function independently as professionals, and in particular to be able to foresee and solve problems; 3. to understand the legal, economic, business and organizational cultures and environment that frame their professional work. 4. to communicate well, both within and across cultural and national barriers, and work effectively in teams of diverse individuals; and 5. to begin to integrate their spiritual and ethical values with their chosen professional vocation.
At course conclusion student will be able to:
Critically evaluate complex business situations from multiple perspectives Understand and clearly articulate their personal ethic and maintain that when confronted with business world realities Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of current major issues in business/organizational management understand the practice of management from an “other” moral centered framework demonstrate strong writing competence essential for professional management/leadership
All written assignments must be typed (double-spaced), stapled and have numbered pages. I expect all writings to be turned in on or before the due date. Assignments handed in after the date on which it is due will not be accepted unless you can demonstrate extenuating circumstances....
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