Ethical Practice: Leading Through Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and System Design

On the left is an image of Plato and Aristotle, on the right is the Enron logo.

This course juxtaposes classical and modern writings to explore the persistent challenge of ethics in business. Topics range from the market origins of society and the art of wealth-getting, captured respectively in the writings of Plato and Aristotle (pictured above, on the left, in "The School of Athens," by Raffaello Sanzio, 1509), to accounting practices and the downfall of the energy giant Enron. (Image of Plato and Aristotle is available at Wikipedia and is in the public domain. Image of Enron logo by Ged Carroll on Flickr.)


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This course offers an introduction to ethics in business, with a focus on business management. Students explore theoretical concepts in business ethics, and cases representing the challenges they will likely face as managers. There is opportunity to work with guest faculty as well as business and other professional practitioners. Individual class sessions take the form of moderated discussion, with occasional short lectures from the instructor.

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Leigh Hafrey. 15.270 Ethical Practice: Leading Through Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and System Design. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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