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MANG6358 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

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Show awareness of the main ethical concepts underlying responsible leadership;
  • Appreciate both short and long term consequences of ethical and unethical behavior;
  • Understand the factors that affect the ethical behaviour of organizations and the individuals within them;
  • Understand how to implement responsible management practices, including ethical empowerment, in the workplace.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify ethical issues and resolve ethical dilemmas through application of theory to practice;
  • Achieve ethical confidence through practice in applying a logical and structured form of ethical analysis to complex business issues;
  • Assess impact of responsible leadership on stakeholder relationships and corporate reputation.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write effectively for business purposes;
  • Think critically and argue effectively;
  • Develop skills in seeking out information from a range of online sources.


- Stakeholder theory and stakeholder management - Responsibility and reputation - 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 include - Lectures with regular practical exercises - Class discussions - Informal group presentations Learning activities include - Lectures - Group discussions - In-class assignments/exercises - Group presentations

Independent Study70
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

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

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


Global Ethics.

Good Corporation.

Unglobal compact.

Article 13.

Business in the Community.

Ethical Performance.

Corporate Critic.



In-class formative opportunities


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 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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