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Course syllabus: The ethical organization Spring 2017

Course taught to master's and doctoral degree program candidates for University of San Francisco's School of Education

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Course syllabus: The ethical organization Spring 2017

  1. 1. University of San Francisco School of Education Department of Leadership Studies Organization and Leadership Program The Ethical Organization O&L 670-01/770-01 Spring Semester 2017 Saturdays: January 28, February 11, February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6 (8 sessions) 1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Lone Mountain 241A O&L 670/770 meets the equivalent of a 3-unit course for one semester. Per USF Credit Hour Policy, a 3-unit course requires 37.5 hours of seat time and 97.5 hours of out of class time for a total of 135 hours. Mitchell Friedman, Ed.D., APR, instructor (415) 517-5756 cell e-mail Office hours: 11 a.m.–noon on class days and/or by appointment This syllabus and course meeting schedule serves the credential candidate only as a general guideline. The instructor may delete or add topics and/or assignments as the semester progresses based on the needs of the candidates. You are expected to read this syllabus and be familiar with its contents. Course Description The purpose of this course is to develop a basis for examining our own ethics, and from that examination to move towards an understanding of what we mean by organizational ethics, and finally to develop principles for the role of leaders and followers in promoting ethical behaviors. Course Learning Outcomes As a result of this course, students should be able to: • Define values, ethics and ethical leadership from several perspectives. Relate these terms and concepts to different situations and different types of organizations. • Describe the stakeholders’ model in relation to approaching ethical situations. • Identify ethical issues that are common in business including honesty and fairness, conflicts of interest, fraud, discrimination, and information technology. • Explain the importance of ethical decision-making. Describe the factors that influence our decisions including the ethical intensity of the issue. • Explain how culture and values influence our decisions as employees of organizations. • Describe how the organizational factors of relationships and conflicts can influence our decision-making in relation to ethics. Discuss issues such as significant others,
  2. 2. 2 role relationships, whistleblowing, governance, structure and incentives, and other organizational pressures. • Describe an ethics audit. Discuss the benefits and risks of an ethics audit. Explain the process of setting up an ethics audit. • Explain the issues in business ethics as they relates to a global economy. • Demonstrate graduate level writing and oral presentation skills. Practice and improve facilitation skills and develop familiarity with organizational leadership publications. Begin or continue to reflect meaningfully and articulately about course material. Required Text (available at USF Bookstore) Collins, D. (2009). Essentials of business ethics: Creating an organization of high integrity and superior performance (Vol. 47). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Recommended Text Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Assignments All assignments will be uploaded to Canvas, unless otherwise indicated by the instructor. Each is due when class begins on the dates indicated unless special arrangements have been made with the instructor. Five (5) points may be deducted from a grade for each day an assignment is submitted after the deadline. 1. Attendance and Participation – Every Class Session (8) You are expected to (1) complete reading and other assignments; (2) come to class; (3) arrive on time; (4) stay through the end of class; and (5) contribute in the following ways: o Provide strong evidence of having read and thought about required reading o Advance the discussion by contributing insightful comments and questions o Listen attentively o Demonstrate interest in your classmates’ comments or questions o Share constructive feedback with your classmates when appropriate Students are responsible for all information covered in class, whether or not they are present, and should seek assistance from classmates to stay current on any missed material or assignments. In addition, students are expected to deliver assignments on due dates indicated in the syllabus even if they are physically absent. 2. Journal Articles – Due Sessions 2 – 7 (6; February 11-April 22, 2017) All students will select a journal article corresponding to the topic under discussion that day. These articles should reflect research findings published in peer- reviewed/scholarly academic journals within the last ten years. Students must come prepared to verbally summarize (2 minutes) the major findings of their article with the class. Articles should be uploaded to Canvas in advance of class.
  3. 3. 3 3. Analysis of an Ethical Organization (Due: May 6, 2017) Choose an organization, one whose ethical and/or unethical behavior has taught you about ethics. Conduct research through peer-reviewed/scholarly journal articles, other articles, books, Web sites, and/or film, with the following questions in mind: • What company/organization have you chosen to research? • What were you hoping to gain from learning about this organization? • How would you describe their ethical philosophy? • What actions brought them acclaim and/or notoriety? • What challenges have they faced, and in what way did those challenges contribute to their posture as an ethical or unethical organization? • From what sources does this organization derive its power? • What sustains the organization and allows them to maintain an ethical posture or what has prevented them from becoming an ethical organization? You’ll prepare and present to the class a poster that depicts your company and the key lessons that have evolved from the research. We will review how to do so in class. 4. Special Ethics Topic Presentation and Paper (Presentation either March 11, March 25, April 8, or April 22; Paper Due: May 6, 2017) You and classmates (group size to be determined) will read extensively and select a topic of interest related to ethics to research. Examples include corporate social responsibility (CSR); corporate philanthropy; corruption; human trafficking; sourcing and labor practices; gender and culture; privacy; and censorship. There are two related assignments. a. Your group will deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on your topic to the class on one of the following dates: March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22. b. Individuals will also develop a paper on their topic. All papers are expected to be of graduate level quality in both content and written expression. Written assignments must demonstrate command of written English (i.e., writing style, grammar, punctuation, etc.). The paper should be at least 10 pages. Here’s an outline of the areas that should be covered in assignments 4a. and 4b Your response must be presented as a paper, not your responses to the prompts below. I. TOPIC Statement of ethical issue or topic to be developed. If you are developing an issue, then develop the current status of the issue. The paper should include a business dimension; an international dimension; and an ethical dimension. It will be evaluated according to the following criteria.
  4. 4. 4 A. Choice of topic B. Problem addressed C. Clear concepts: issues of ethical significance D. Consistent structure: business, ethical, and international dimension E. Personal or corporate view and/or experience, if applicable* (see note below) F. Reference to peer-reviewed journal articles and other literature G. Reasoning H. Conclusion I. Bibliography II. ANALYSIS OF ISSUE Elaborate on what you’ve outlined above. III. CORPORATE ANALYSIS If the issue is being developed from a company and/or industry basis, then this section should develop the industry position briefly. IV. REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT How the topic applies to existing and/or pending legislation, laws, and court decisions. V. DEVELOPMENT OF ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS Does the issue involve an ethical dilemma for stakeholders? If so, discuss. VI. RESOLUTION STRATEGIES What are the political implications? How can the ethical dilemma be resolved? VII. CONCLUSION/RECOMMENDATIONS VIII. REFERENCES ** (see note below) *Most issues have some relevance to business or industry. Students can use one or more companies to demonstrate how that company responded to an issue. **References to information must be cited either by a text reference or a footnote and cited in the References. Guidelines for Submitting Assignments All work must be typed, in 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman), and double-spaced in Microsoft Word unless otherwise directed by the instructor. When citing sources, please use APA format and provide a reference list when appropriate. Paginate any paper of more than 2 pages and be sure your name and date are included. Please proofread all work; do not rely on automated spelling/grammar checking. You should name each of your submissions in the following fashion: firstname_lastname_date. Example: Mitchell_Friedman_1167.doc.
  5. 5. 5 Summary of Assignments, Points Allocated, and Grading Scale A numerical score will be tabulated for each assigned, based on the following framework: Assignment Points Attendance and Participation 20 Journal Articles (6) 30 Poster Presentation 100 Ethics Topic Presentation 125 Ethics Topic Research Paper 125 Total: 400 Final course grades will be calculated by totaling scores of individual and group assignments. Grading Scale Grade Points A+/A 375-400 A- 350-374 B+ 325-349 B 300-324 B- 275-299 C+ 250-274 C 225-249 F 225 and lower Incomplete (I) Grades Incomplete (I) grades only can be issued after consulting with and receiving approval from the instructor. An Incomplete Grade/Course Completion Form must be filled out, signed by both the student and instructor, and submitted to the Dean’s Office. Incomplete (I) grades will be automatically changed to a Failing (F) grade after one full semester unless the Incomplete Grade/Course Completion Form stipulates a longer period of time. The instructor must request the continuation of the incomplete grade remain in the subsequent semester. If the Incomplete Grade/Course Completion plan is not completed within the agreed upon timeframe, the Failing (F) grade will stand and the student must re-enroll in the course. Academic Integrity Whenever you quote from, make reference to, or use ideas attributable to others in your writing, you must identify these sources in citations or references or both. If you do not identify the source, whether deliberately or accidentally, then you have committed plagiarism. Plagiarism, defined as the act of stealing or using as one’s own ideas those of another, is not permitted in work submitted for courses at USF or in any published writing. Please read the complete text related to academic honesty in the Fogcutter Student Handbook under “Student Conduct, University Standards, Policies, and Procedures ( University faculty may use Internet-based services to identify those portions of the person’s written assignments that might not meet the full standards of academic integrity.
  6. 6. 6 Classroom Procedure Class time will consist of instructor and student presentations; discussions; case studies; individual and group work; and other activities. Beverages (non-alcoholic) and food are allowed in the classroom. Please discard food items properly when you have finished using them. As a courtesy to the instructor and your fellow students, please turn off cell phones and other devices not related to your class work. Laptop/tablet computers are permitted, although there may be times when they are a distraction. At those times you will be asked to put them away. Canvas Canvas is used to publish this syllabus as well as required and supplemental readings, relevant handouts from presentations delivered by the instructor in class, and other information considered relevant to the course. You’ll find the latter materials under the “Files” heading for the specific class session. Content will be updated regularly throughout this class. Students will also post all written assignments to Canvas unless otherwise instructed. Writing Center Some students may wish to obtain editorial assistance with grammar, syntax, and style, which is acceptable. Editorial assistance for content is unacceptable. If you need help with the former, the Writing Center is located in Cowell Hall 227 on the main campus. Call (415) 422-6273 to arrange an appointment. The Writing Center will arrange for a writing center to work with you at no cost. Help also is available online. Contacting the Instructor The instructor is available as needed to help students with assignments. Feel free to contact him with questions and/or to set up a time to meet in person. His cell phone number is (415) 517- 5756; e-mail is Students with Disabilities If you are a student with a disability or disabling condition, or if you think you may have a disability, please contact USF Student Disability Services (SDS) at (415) 422-2613 within the first week of class, or immediately upon the onset of disability, to speak with a disability specialist. If you are determined to be eligible for reasonable accommodations, please meet with your disability specialist so they can arrange to have your accommodation letter sent to me so we can discuss your needs for this course. For more information, see or call (415) 422-2613. Course Outline All required readings (other than the Collins book) are provided in electronic format on Canvas in the “Files” folder in the subfolder corresponding to the class session/date. Session 1 1/28/17 Introductions; Course and Syllabus Review; Introduction to the Concept of the Ethical Organization
  7. 7. 7 Readings and Other Assignments Due: Jurkiewicz, C. L., & Giacalone, R. A. (2016). How Will We Know It When We See It? Conceptualizing the Ethical Organization. Public Organization Review, 16(3), 409–420. Kiker, D. S., Fugate, J., Kiker, M. B., & Callahan, J. S. (2015). Consider This—Deciding whether an Organization Is Ethical or Not: A Policy Capturing Approach. International Journal of Business Administration, 6(6), 1–11. Session 2 2/11/17 Individual Ethics and Values; Human Nature and Unethical Behavior in Organizations; The Ethical Foundation of Capitalism Readings and Other Assignments Due: Collins, Essentials of business ethics, Chapters 1 and 2 Appelbaum, S. H., Iaconi, G. D., & Matousek, A. (2007). Positive and negative deviant workplace behaviors: causes, impacts, and solutions. Corporate Governance, 7(5), 586– 598. Driver, M. (2012). An interview with Michael Porter: Social entrepreneurship and the transformation of capitalism. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(3), 421- 431 Freeman, R. E., Martin, K., & Parmar, B. (2007). Stakeholder capitalism. Journal of Business Ethics, 74(4), 303-314. Your journal article Case study Session 3 2/25/17 Hiring Ethical People Readings and Other Assignments Due: Collins, Essentials of business ethics, Chapter 3 Alder, G. S., & Gilbert, J. (2006). Achieving ethics and fairness in hiring: Going beyond the law. Journal of Business Ethics, 68(4), 449–464. Your journal article
  8. 8. 8 Case study Session 4 3/11/17 Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct; Ethical Decision Making Framework Readings and Other Assignments Due: Collins, Essentials of business ethics, Chapters 4, 5 Verbos, A. K., Gerard, J. A., Forshey, P. R., Harding, C. S., & Miller, J. S. (2007). The positive ethical organization: Enacting a living code of ethics and ethical organizational identity. Journal of Business Ethics, 76(1), 17–33. Your journal article Codes of Ethics and Conduct Case study Session 5 3/25/17 Ethics Training; Respecting Employee Diversity Readings and Other Assignments Due: Collins, Essentials of business ethics, Chapters 6, 7 Hill, R. J. (2009). Incorporating queers: Blowback, backlash, and other forms of resistance to workplace diversity initiatives that support sexual minorities. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 11(1), 37–53. Sekerka, L. E. (2009). Organizational ethics education and training: a review of best practices and their application. International Journal of Training & Development, 13(2), 77–95. Your journal article Session 6 4/8/17 Ethics Reporting Systems; Ethical Leadership, Work Goals, and Performance Appraisals Readings and Other Assignments Due: Collins, Essentials of business ethics, Chapters 8, 9
  9. 9. 9 Miceli, M. P., Near, J. P., & Dworkin, T. M. (2009). A word to the wise: How managers and policy-makers can encourage employees to report wrongdoing. Journal of Business Ethics, 86(3), 379–396. Mulki, J. P., Jaramillo, J. F., & Locander, W. B. (2009). Critical role of leadership on ethical climate and salesperson behaviors. Journal of Business Ethics, 86(2), 125–141. Your journal article Student presentation(s): Gender and Culture; Human Trafficking; Privacy Session 7 4/22/17 Empowering Ethical Employees; Environmental Management; Community Outreach and Respect Readings and Other Assignments Due: Collins, Essentials of business ethics, Chapters 10, 11, 12 Balmer, J. M. T., Powell, S. M., & Greyser, S. A. (2011). Explicating ethical corporate marketing. Insights from the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe: The ethical brand that exploded and then imploded. Journal of Business Ethics, 102(1), 1–14. van der Voort, J. M., Glac, K., & Meijs, L. C. P. M. (2009). “Managing” corporate community involvement. Journal of Business Ethics, 90(3), 311–329. Your journal article Student presentation(s): Corruption; Censorship in the U.S. and China Session 8 5/6/17 Poster Presentations Revisiting the Concept of the Ethical Organization Readings and Other Assignments Due: Student poster presentations and papers