The business of ethics and the ethics of business

You don’t have to look far in business to hear the terms ‘ethics’, ‘ethical scandals’ and ‘unethical behaviour’ being mentioned with regularity. Current scandals in the pharmaceutical industry, government, social media and even in charities cause us to question whether businesses can ever really be ethical. These criticisms are often justified; but how often do we take the time to understand the motivations of leaders making the decisions, or consider the complexity of the business’s environment and its impact on the organisation? This interactive workshop will draw on current research, and incorporate a range of local and international examples in order to explore these macro level issues. Students will be invited to assume the role of leaders, and to work through live business cases to explore where and how ethics should impact on decisions. The sessions will be augmented with video material, short presentations from business leaders and group discussions.