BUAD 5304 - BUSINESS ETHICS
Fall Term 2006: August 21 – November 4, 2006
Wednesday, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Eielson AFB, Alaska
WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT
Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind.
Instructor: Tony Strange, Ed.D
Phone: 488-8820 (Please call before 9:00 pm)
Office Hours: Available for appointments
Offers an in-depth investigation of the characteristics of ethical and effective management, including an assessment of leadership styles within the context of a Christian value system. Ethical reasoning is developed and applied to a variety of business situations.
After this course you should be able to:
Know the business ethics issues, definitions, and frameworks important to organizational ethical decision-making.
Know the underlying philosophical base for ethics and values.
Recognize ethical issues in business.
Relate the significant issues of an ethical controversy in business to moral philosophy, work group influence, corporate culture, and social responsibility.
Defend a theory or principle for resolving an ethical dispute in business.
Articulate and defend choices in making ethical judgments in business.
Examine the consequences of unethical and ethical business decisions.
Understand the role of corporate governance and corporate culture in ethical decision-making.
Evaluate the role of organizational ethics programs and understand the importance of implementing and auditing ethics and compliance programs.
Experience current ethical dilemmas through case studies and role-play.
Demonstrate critical thinking skills through development of an organizational ethics program.
Examine the similarities and differences of professional codes of ethics: Banking, Medical, Engineering, Law, Finance, etc.
TEXT and RESOURCES
Ferrell, O., Fraedrich, J., & Ferrell, L. (2005). Business ethics. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN: 0-618-39573-3
Pfeiffer, R. & Forsberg, R. (2005). Ethics on the job . 3 rd ed. USA : Thomson Wadsworth . ISBN: 0-534-61981-9
1. Organizational Ethics Program : From the perspective of an organizational ethics team leader or ethical consultant, write an organization’s ethics program as if you are presenting it to the CEO (that’s me) and the board of directors.
Content: (a) the name and description of your organization with its mission statement, (b) codes of conduct, codes of ethics, and statement of values, (c) the role of leadership, and (d) the manner in which it will be enforced.
Grading: (a) Appropriateness and support of the recommendations in relation to the organization, (b) Clarity of the recommendations, and (c) Adequate coverage of content.
2. Research Paper : 3000 word paper on one of the topics listed below.
Choose a topic : Theory of cognitive moral development; Any of the moral philosophies mentioned in Chapter 5; or Organizational Culture. All topics must be in relation to business ethics.
Grading: (a) Writing quality including grammar, flow, transitions and APA compliance , (b) Sufficiency of the literature to cover the subject, (c) demonstrate an understanding of the subject.
3. 1500 word book review of the textbook : Ethics on the job by R. Pfeiffer & R. Forsberg.
4. Case Studies : Application of the RESOLVEDD strategy to various cases. This strategy is located in the Pfeiffer & Forsberg textbook.
Ethics Program 25% _________
Research Paper 30% ________
Review of Textbook 20% ________
Case Studies 25% ________
Total: 100% _________
University Grading System:
Honor Grade; clear demonstration of complete mastery of the subject
Above Average; mastery of most course concepts
Average; satisfactory performance
Failure to meet minimum course requirements
A grade of I is granted only if the student is passing the course, but circumstances beyond the student’s control prevented completion of required course work during the semester & attendance requirements were met. See catalog for further details.
Student Responsibilities: Students are responsible for reading, understanding, and obeying all academic policies appearing in the Wayland Baptist University Academic Catalog applicable to their curriculum and/or program of study.
Academic Dishonesty: Students caught cheating, plagiarizing, or knowingly furnishing false information will be dismissed from the course and receive a grade of F for the course.
Special Needs Policy: “ It is University policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the University.” Any student who needs special accommodations in order to meet course requirements should inform the instructor immediately.
Changes in the syllabus: Although this course is expected to follow the syllabus as written, the instructor reserves the right to adjust the syllabus. The instructor will inform the students of all major changes in a reasonable and timely manner.
Division of Business Goals : The division of business is committed to producing graduates who have the knowledge and skills to excel in business in its various sub disciplines. We are also committed to instruction in the business disciplines that is invested with the values of Christianity.
Course Schedule with Associated Reading and Assignments
September 8 Introduction and Class Overview
Go over Case Study Format
Review Chapter 1 (Ferrell)
September 9 (AM) Discussion Chapter 2 and 3 (Ferrell)
September 9 (PM) Discussion Chapter 2 and 3 (Pfeiffer)
September 10 Discussion Chapter 4 – 7 (Ferrell)
Cast Study #1 Due
September 15 Discussion Chapter 4 – 7 (Pfeiffer)
September 16 (AM) Discussion Chapter 8 and 9 (Ferrell)
Case Study #2 Due
September 16 (PM) Discussion: The RESOLVEDD Strategy
September 17 Discussion: Pfeiffer and Forsberg Text
Textbook Review Due: “Ethics on the Job”
September 29 Discussion Chapter 10 (Pfeiffer and Ferrell)
Ethics Program Due
September 30 (AM) Discussion Chapter 10 (Pfeiffer and Ferrell)
September 30 (PM) Group Discussions
November 1 Wrap up discussions
Case Study # 3 and 4 Due.
Research Paper Due