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MANG2041 Management Ethics

Module Overview

This module discusses issues related to business ethics. It covers philosophical foundations of ethical theories, and applications of ethical theory to real-life case studies and hypothetical dilemmas. It also discusses causes and consequences of unethical behaviour and develops skills and knowledge in ethical management practices.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • ethical theories and concepts relevant to organisations;
  • some of the causes and consequences of unethical behaviour in individuals and organisations;
  • how to avoid unethical business behaviour.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • recognise the impacts of managerial decisions, both positive and negative, upon other people;
  • gain the confidence to convincingly express your decisions to others;
  • develop skills of problem definition, analysis, problem solving and decision taking;
  • recognise the mixture of benefits distributed and harms allocated, of rights exercised and rights denied, that constitute an ethical problem;
  • apply a logical and structured form of ethical analysis;
  • to be familiar with some ethical concepts and distinctions.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop experience of working in groups, and negotiating group decisions
  • communicate complex issues in a clear and coherent manner.


Ethics and the law. Codes of conduct, ethics policy, guidelines. Moral basis of economic theory – assumptions and externalities. Critique of ‘classical’ perspectives against business ethics (e.g. the view of Milton Friedman). Stakeholder perspective, stakeholder analysis. Examples of issues in Business Ethics e.g. bribery, taxation, pricing, environmental practices, human rights, corruption. Ethical theories and moral philosophers: Deontological ethical theories e.g. Kant; Consequentialist theories e.g. Utilitarianism; Justice theories e.g. Rawls; Rights theorists; Virtue theorists e.g. Aristotle. Modern ethical theories e.g. feminist ethics. Ethical Absolutism vs. Ethical relativism. Hypernorms vs cultural norms. Application of ethical theories to case studies. Causes and consequences of unethical behaviour. How to make an organisation more ethical. Giving Voice to Values.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures • Tutorials • Case studies • Games • Simulations • Videos • Online discussions • Group work Learning activities include: • Individual and group assignments (group or individual) • Case study • Problem solving activities • Private study

Preparation for scheduled sessions72
Wider reading or practice12
Completion of assessment task30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Goodpaster, K. E. (2007). Conscience and Corporate Culture. 

Hartley, R. F (2005). Business Ethics: Mistakes and Successes. 

Hosmer, L. T. (2008). The Ethics of Management, McGraw-Hill. 

Crane, A. (2016). Business Ethics: Managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalization. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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