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Booster Program: Business Ethics

Don’t expect this course to make you more ethical!

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Attending and participating in this English language business ethics course will most likely not make you a better person or lead to a fundamental personal transformation. Instead, the course aims at (a) making you aware about different types of ethical issues that occur on different levels in the broad area of business affairs – and (b) equipping you with tools, frameworks and theories that can be helpful for you as individual and within an organizations when dealing with ethical issues in business.


We will spend most of our time looking at selected ethical implications of managerial decision making. Managers take all sorts of decisions (consciously and non-consciously) – many of them have some sort of ethical component – typically as soon as conflicting interest of different stakeholders are involved. Accordingly, we will spend some time to illustrate possible conflicts between organizations and some of the most important stakeholder groups including the customers, the employees and the owners/shareholders.

 

Target audience

Executives who want to be aware about different types of ethical issues that occur on different levels in the broad area of business affairs – and who want to be equipped with tools, frameworks and theories that can be helpful for individuals and/or organizations when dealing with ethical issues in business.

 

Key benefits

This program will help you in your aim of becoming an even more successful and responsible leader.

 

Key topics

  • Introduction to business ethics (and customer perspectives)
  • (Business) ethics in action
  • Ethical decision making in practice
  • Shareholder perspectives: The purpose of business
  • Employee perspectives: The right or obligation to mutiny

 

 

Meet the teaching staff

Urs Müller (Program Director)

is a lecturer and head of the practice group consumer goods and retail at ESMT Berlin. Urs' focus in research and teaching is in the domain of Business ethics. Sometimes he also moves into the areas of Strategy and Change Management. He truly enjoys the opportunity and privilege to regularly discuss with executives the dilemmas that they really face in their daily life.
After his studies of Philosophy, German Literature and Art History at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany) and at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland), Urs taught at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, at the Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika in Torun (Poland) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.A.).
During and after working on his PhD at the Georg-August-Universität, Urs worked as management consultant for A.T. Kearney. Where he served different international clients.
Urs directs and teaches in various different open and customized executive education programs. In addition to that he teaches in the MBA and EMBA programs of ESMT and at the Porto Business School (Portugal).
Urs is a best-selling and award winning case author and serves as visiting tutor on writing and teaching with case studies for "The Case Centre".
His work has been featured or quoted in several leading German and international media such as Al Jazeera, BBC, Bild, Deutsche Welle, Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Times, or The Wall Street Journal.