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Christopher K. Gilbert
T MGMT 512
Tacoma Campus

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

Focuses on the ethical and moral challenges that are an everyday part of organizational life for managers. Addresses the societal consequences of managerial decisions and organizational actions. Considers global variance in ethical standards and impact of ethical behavior on organizational performance.

Class description

The major objective of this course is to develop studentís capacity for moral reasoning.

Student learning goals

1. Define ethics, morals and their impact on business conduct

2. Recognize moral dilemmas and define ethical solutions to organizational issues and problems

3. Identify conflicting ethical frameworks and learn to resolve issues utilizing a moral development perspective

4. Integrate stakeholders and their underlying priorities into conscious, organizational ethical choice making.

5. Deepen an understanding of the guidance ethics and increased community engagement provide to long term, organizational growth

6. Raise awareness of the growing urgency for organizational sustainability through social responsibility and global perspective.

General method of instruction

Lectures, Seminars, In-class consultations on cases, readings and general current ethical issues, Readings from textbook, seminar books and selected articles (in CoursePak)

Recommended preparation

Curiosity, self-awareness, a desire to impact business, organizational and community life, heightened receptivity to sustainable business practices, desire to carry forward an ever advancing civilization.

Class assignments and grading

1.Textbook: Business Ethics: How to Design and Manage Ethical Organizations, Collins, John Wiley & Sons, 2012, ISBN: 13-9780470639948, VBID 9781118214787 2.Seminar Books: Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life, Sissela Bok, Vintage Books, 1999, 0-374-70528-7, paperback. The Integrity Advantage, Gostick & Telford, Gibbs-Smith, 2003, 1-58685-246-9. 3. Course Packet: Available for purchase at the UWT Copy Center.

Seminar Leadership and Facilitation 20% Individual Case Study Analyses 20% In-class Participation and Leadership/Followership 10% Take-home Exercise 20% Business Conduct Survey 30% or Final Examination (replaces Business Conduct Survey) 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christopher K. Gilbert
Date: 03/28/2014