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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, German

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
5 hours to complete

Week 1- Ethical and unethical decision making

Have you ever asked yourself the following questions ? Why do human beings act in an illegal and unethical way? Why and under what conditions do we become evil? What motivates harm doing and what is the explanatory power of human nature and human culture? What is the evil anyway? And why is this relevant for us in our daily life? The first week will give you an introduction to the historic evolution of our modern understanding of evil, looking at how evil has been discussed in different times and cultural contexts. Furthermore, in this first week, we will discuss how you can deal with situation in which you have to make ethical decisions and how the theories of philosophers such as Immanuel Kant provide us a tool box for such situations.

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3 videos (Total 30 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
10 readings
Syllabus and Grading policies5m
Discussion forum guidelines5m
Our stance on Plagiarism5m
Instructors5m
Development team5m
Getting started : Meet and Greet !30m
Learning Outcomes and Assignments10m
Suggested discussions30m
Additional readings5m
To read before starting Ethical Dilemma assignment5m
2 practice exercises
Quiz 11h
Ethical dilemma assignment2h
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Week 2- Introduction to unethical decisions in organizations

In this week, we will first reflect upon the wisdom of a famous fairy tale in order to understand the power contexts have on individuals. Subsequently, we will zoom into one of the most famous corporate scandals, the Ford Pinto case which demonstrates the power of context over decisions similar to the fairy tale. Finally, we will present our model of ethical blindness, which not only provides a conceptual framework to better understand these two cases, but also builds the backbone of the whole course.

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5 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings
5 videos
2.4 - The concept of ethical blindness I9m
2.5 - The concept of ethical blindness II6m
2 readings
Learning Outcomes5m
Additional readings5m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Week 3- The power of frames: How people construct their reality

In this third week, we will examine how framing can contribute to unethical decision making. After having introduced you to the concept of framing in general, we will use it to interpret the Enron scandal. We will then discuss the recent Lehman Brothers collapse along one particular element of framing – the language we use in organizations. Building on this case, we will finally go deeper into the link between decision making and language and discuss how language influences what we can see and how we decide.

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4 videos (Total 55 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 readings
Learning Outcomes and assignment5m
Suggested discussions30m
Additional readings5m
1 practice exercise
Quiz Week 31h
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Week 4- The power of routines

In this week, we will first look at how people and organizations (can) simplify information processing and decision making, namely by using heuristics and by establishing routines. Subsequently, we will examine key driving forces of ethical blindness in organizations and finally demonstrate the risk associated with powerful routines in a case study on innovations in a military context.

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5 videos (Total 62 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
4.3 - Organizing for Ethical Blindness Part II 8m
4.4 - Gunfire at Sea - When Habits are Stronger Than Reason 15m
3 readings
Learning Outcomes and Assignment5m
Suggested discussions30m
Additional readings5m
1 practice exercise
Quiz Week 41h
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Top reviews from Unethical Decision Making in Organizations

By SPJul 30th 2017

i am faculty in an engineer college in vizag. I teach Professional ethics to the undergraduate student. Your course content is extremely useful. Thanks for provide great contents

By OMMay 7th 2017

I great course! I have learned a lot and changed my perspective of decision making in organizations and in common life. Thank you. I highly recommend it.

Instructors

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Guido Palazzo

Professor of Business Ethics
Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC-Lausanne)
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Ulrich Hoffrage

Professor of Decision Theory
Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC-Lausanne)

About University of Lausanne

The University of Lausanne is a Swiss state university founded in 1537. It is focused on Medicine, Life Sciences, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sport Sciences. UNIL is a research-intensive university which encourages interdisciplinarity. It is also renowned for its innovative teaching methods....

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