Module Details

BE442-6-SP-CO: Business Ethics

Year: 2016/17
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Manuela Nocker
Teaching Staff: Dr Manuela Nocker
Contact details: Student Services Advisor

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module introduces the concept of ethics in business, ethical codes of business conduct, the understanding of ethics across cultures, examples and case illustrations of ethical misconduct in business activities, implications of breach of business ethics, the notion of business ethics for new ventures and small firms.
The main aim of the unit is to enable students to acquire a critical understanding of the foundations of business ethics; to develop a sound understanding of both individual and social aspects of business ethics; to examine the historical context of ethical practices and applications; to develop an appreciation for new or alternative perspectives of ethics, particularly in relation to issues of globalisation and the wider context in which business and organisational life is located.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The following learning and teaching methods will inform the pedagogic process of the course:

Seminars (which include the discussion of case studies/ethical dilemmas and journal articles/presentations)
Signposting to additional resources.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


Individual Essay - 50%

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • Essential Reading
  • Smith, David (2015) Exploring Innovation, 3rd Edition, London, McGraw-Hill
  • Recommended Reading
  • 1) Tidd, J. and Bessant, J. (2014), Strategic Innovation Management, John Wiley & Sons.
  • 2) Trott, P. (2012) Innovation Management and New Product Development, 5th Edition, FT/Prentice Hall.
  • 3) Conway, S. and Steward, F. (2009) Managing and Shaping Innovation, Oxford University Press.
  • Further Reading
  • 1) Fagerberg, J. et al (2005)(eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Innovation, OUP.
  • 2) Freeman, C. and Soete, L. (1997) The Economics of Industrial Innovation, (3rd ed.), Pinter, London
  • 3) Utterback. J.M. (1994) Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation: How Companies Can Seize Opportunities in the Face of Technological Change, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, Mass.
  • 4) Dodgson, M., Gann, D. and Salter, A. (2008) The Management of Technological Innovation: Strategy and Practice, Oxford University Press.
  • 5) Tushman, M.L. and Anderson, P.A.(eds) (1997), Managing Strategic Innovation and Change, OUP, Oxford
  • 6) Katz. R. (1997), The Human Side of Managing Technological Innovation: A collection of Readings, OUP, Oxford
  • 7) Jkujiro Nonaka and Hirotaka Takeuchi (1995), The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • 8) Everett M. Rogers (1995), Diffusion of Innovations, The Free Press, New York.
  • 9) Bessant J. and Tidd, J. (2011) Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.
  • 10) Schilling, M.A. (2008) Strategic Management of Technological Innovation, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill.
  • 11) Goffin, K. and Mitchell, R. (2010) Innovation Management: Strategy and Implementation Using the Pentathlon Framework, Palgrave.
  • 12) Ahuah, A. (2014), Business Model Innovation: Concepts, Analysis, and Cases, London, Routledge.
  • 13) Kim, W.C. and Mauborgne, R. (2005) Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant, Harvard Business School Press.
  • 14) Radjou, N., Prabhu, J. and Ahuja, S. (2012) Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, Jossey-Bass.
  • 15) Tushman, M.L. and Anderson, P. (2004) Managing Strategic Innovation and Change: A Collection of Readings, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press.
  • 16) Handy, C. (1999) Understanding Organizations, 4th Edition, Penguin.
  • 17) Ding, X.D. and Li, J. (2015) Incentives for Innovation in China: Building an Innovative Economy, London and New York, Routledge.
  • 18) Cole, G.A. and Kelly, P. (2015) Management Theory and Practice, 4th Edition, Andover, Cengage Learning.
  • 19) Barrell, A., Gill, D. and Rigby, M. (2013) Show Me the Money: How to Raise the Cash to Get Your Business off the Ground, London, Elliott and Thompson.
  • 20) Goodman, M. and Dingli, S. (2013) Creativity and Strategic Innovation Management, London, Routledge.
  • Other sources:
  • The Financial Times
  • The Economist

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