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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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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....
Reading
3 vídeos (Total de 30 min), 10 leituras, 2 testes
Video3 videos
1.2 - A little history of Evil 10min
1.3 - Dilemma - How to make ethical decisions13min
Reading10 leituras
Syllabus and Grading policies5min
Discussion forum guidelines5min
Our stance on Plagiarism5min
Instructors5min
Development team5min
Getting started : Meet and Greet !30min
Learning Outcomes and Assignments10min
Suggested discussions30min
Additional readings5min
To read before starting Ethical Dilemma assignment5min
Quiz2 exercícios práticos
Quiz 1min
Ethical dilemma assignmentmin

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1 hora para concluir

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. ...
Reading
5 vídeos (Total de 51 min), 2 leituras
Video5 videos
2.2 - The Emperor's new clothes II12min
2.3 - The story of the Ford Pinto 16min
2.4 - The concept of ethical blindness I9min
2.5 - The concept of ethical blindness II6min
Reading2 leituras
Learning Outcomes5min
Additional readings5min

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3 horas para concluir

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. ...
Reading
4 vídeos (Total de 55 min), 3 leituras, 1 teste
Video4 videos
3.2 - The Enron Story 16min
3.3 - Lehman Brothers and the Power of Language 10min
3.4 - The Power of Langage14min
Reading3 leituras
Learning Outcomes and assignment5min
Suggested discussions30min
Additional readings5min
Quiz1 exercício prático
Quiz Week 3min

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3 horas para concluir

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....
Reading
5 vídeos (Total de 62 min), 3 leituras, 1 teste
Video5 videos
4.1.bis - Simple Heuristics Part II15min
4.2 - Organizing for Ethical Blindness Part I 11min
4.3 - Organizing for Ethical Blindness Part II 8min
4.4 - Gunfire at Sea - When Habits are Stronger Than Reason 15min
Reading3 leituras
Learning Outcomes and Assignment5min
Suggested discussions30min
Additional readings5min
Quiz1 exercício prático
Quiz Week 4min
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por 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

por DBMay 23rd 2018

This course is the best I have attended on Coursera so far. Some of the content is quite surprising to learn, the whole course was fun the whole 7 weeks! Absolutely recommended!

Instrutores

Guido Palazzo

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

Ulrich Hoffrage

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

Sobre 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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