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The objective of the course is to explore the current international emphasis on organizational ethics. How can we understand and address the rampant unethical behavior in the news across all sectors, sizes, structures, and geographies of organizations? How can we reframe ethics as a strategic opportunity? We will consider in-depth complex ethics matters across business, the non-profit sector, and government. We will unravel the factors contributing to the seemingly pervasive failure of ethics today, as well as untapped opportunities for ethics success, through a broad range of international case studies.
The focus of this course is not on ethical theory or the history of ethical thought. The focus is on applying ethical frameworks to real world cases involving ethical questions of organizational and institutional design and performance. This includes examining the role of the individuals, particularly leaders, in organizations. The existence of competing ethical frameworks, and tension-ridden values within ethical frameworks, means that the issues we explore rarely, if ever, yield a single morally correct answer.
This course will be instructed by Dr. Susan Liautaud. Dr. Liautaud is Founder and Managing Director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited (SLAL), a consultancy in ethics matters internationally. She brings broad global experience with ethics and governance to business, non-profit, governmental and academic organizations and leaders. Susan also teaches cutting edge ethics courses at Stanford University and was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center of Philanthropy and Civil Society from 2012 to 2015 (“Founder and Team.” Susan Liautaud, susanliautaud.com/susan-liautaud-founder/).