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MANG6294 Responsible Leadership

Module Overview

This module covers the principles and practices of responsible leadership. It looks at the philosophical foundations of ethics and applies principles to real-life cases and hypothetical dilemmas. Techniques of ethical management are presented. Causes and consequences of unethical business practices are discussed, along with theories of ethical decision making.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to allow you to develop an understanding of different ethical theories and practices of responsible leadership. This module further aims to provide a comprehensive and rigorous knowledge on how managers can promote ethical business practices through engaging in responsible stakeholder management.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the main ethical concepts underlying responsible leadership;
  • how to implement responsible management practices;
  • short and long term consequences of ethical and unethical behaviour;
  • the factors that affect the ethical behaviour of organisations and the individuals within them.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate ethical theories and apply them to solve different ethical problems.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical analysis of complex ethical issues;
  • demonstrate your written communication skills.


• Stakeholder theory and stakeholder management (e.g. Overview of stakeholder theory and stakeholder management, and the link between stakeholder theory and ethics). • Ethical awareness and moral imagination. • Moral philosophy and ethical theories incorporating notions of rights, justice and virtue and sustainability. • Organisational ethics and business ethics management - how to translate values into policies, practices, and decision making. • Case studies of responsible leadership • Giving voice to values – ethical empowerment in the workplace.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods will combine lectures with regular practical exercises, class discussions and informal group presentations. Structured ‘homework’ assignments are also carefully designed to enable reflective learning and engagement with key issues. This will include lectures, class discussions and group activities.

Independent Study63
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Article 13.

Crane, A. and D. Matten (2016). Business Ethics. 

Business in the Community.

Corporate Critic.

Good Corporation.

Global Ethics.

Kempster, S. and Carroll, B (2016). Responsible leadership: realism and romanticism (Vol. 4). 

Morrison, J. (2015). Business ethics: New challenges in a globalised world. 


Gentile Mary C. (2010). Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right. 




Peer Group Feedback


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( 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 reading 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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