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About the Course

This course 'Unethical decision making in organizations : A seminar on the dark side of the force' will teach you how strong organizational contexts push good people towards unethical decisions. You will also learn how to protect yourself and your organization against such forces lurking in the dark. About the Course This course teaches how narrow frames and strong contexts can push good people towards unethical decisions and how they can protect themselves and their organization against ethical blindness. The goal of this course is to empower the participants to analyze the risks of unethical or illegal behavior that might be triggered by powerful contexts. It draws from various disciplines such as management, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and literature, in order to learn what these disciplines contribute to a better understanding of unethical behavior. The course also analyzes some of the most prominent organizational scandals of the recent decades through the lenses of these disciplines. Whenever we hear about ethical scandals, we tend to believe that unethical or illegal behaviour in organizations is driven by character deficiencies of individual actors. Put differently, we simply assume that bad things are done by bad people. However, numerous corporate scandals have demonstrated that even people with a high level of integrity can break the rules if they are put into a strong context. A better understanding of why and under what conditions good people make bad ethical decisions will enable us to better protect individuals as well as their respective organizations against the potentially overwhelming power of the context. It will also enable us to cure societies from problems like corruption. At the end of the course, you are able to: 1. Explain the impact of social context on individual decision making using various theories (from Management, Sociology, Psychology, and Philosophy) 2. Apply these theories to the analysis of some of the most eminent organizational scandals of the recent decades 3. Assess risks of ethical blindness in your own organizational context 4. Design interventions to reduce such risks for yourself and your organization Recommended Background No background expertise is required. The course is open for interested layperson as well as experts who work on related topics, be it as researchers or practitioners (e.g., compliance managers in corporations). Why is this course important for me? Currently, the understanding of why good people make unethical decisions is rather limited, related research is rather fragmented, and the management of such problems in organizations is overly simplistic, legalistic, and inadequate. Understanding contexts, including the dangers of routines, the mindlessness of our daily decisions, and the healing power of mindful decision-making routines is of increasing importance. In this course, you will learn the latest knowledge and the appropriate tool box for dealing with ethical challenges that you will face throughout your life! What do I need to follow this course? We build bridges between various scientific disciplines and will familiarize you with those disciplines smoothly. You need no expertise, just come and share your own real-world experiences about unethical decisions. After all, we are all experts in making decisions—some more ethically, some less ethically—aren’t we?...

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Jul 29, 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


Mar 31, 2022

It brought me new perspectives on wrongdoing, and it will help me to indentity and prevent causes of unethical decision making. Thank you for the opportunity!

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By Riane d H

Jul 19, 2018

Absolutely a must! Very detailed and useful in recognizing

By Bourquard V

Aug 4, 2020

Very interesting and useful to put things in perspective.

By Jhonny F A N

Jul 19, 2017

exelent the coursera is a good class, thanks for everyone

By Govind G V

Feb 16, 2017

very structured course from the foundation level.


By Sauvik B

Jan 31, 2017

Amazing Course. Informative, Productive and Fulfilling.

By Martin L

Jul 16, 2020

Great course; Particular perspectives to be analized.

By martha

Jul 13, 2021

S​o practical, relevant and intellectually extending

By Madelene S

Dec 6, 2016

I've really learned a lot from this course, thank

By Himanshu

Nov 12, 2019

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations

By Syam T

Dec 27, 2020

Wonderful and a must watch for everyone.

By Mark A

Nov 19, 2018

A great course that should be compulsor

By Majid A

May 17, 2019

Looking to the world on another side.

By Thomas A F d A

Apr 18, 2019

great course. excellent references.

By Fernando A

Jan 9, 2017

Excellent content and methodology.

By Katia S

Nov 18, 2019

very nice course. game changing

By Narmina G

Apr 22, 2017

Great course and presentations!

By Josue D C G

Sep 6, 2021

Excelente curso muy productivo

By Angeera Y

Sep 15, 2020

Very well taught and explained

By Anurag Y

Nov 14, 2019

satisfied with the lecture

By Emil

Oct 1, 2020

Nice introductory course.

By Lucia V R

Apr 3, 2020

Muy útil y bien explicado

By rajneesh r

Feb 18, 2017

well organised course.


Jun 3, 2021

An excellent course!

By Maira B

Jul 26, 2017

Excellent course!

By Syed M U

May 1, 2020

It was awesome