Module Details

BE442-6-SP-CO: Business Ethics

Year: 2017/18
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:
  • Crane, A. and Matten, D. (2010) Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization, (3rd edition), Oxford University Press.
  • Recommended Reading
  • Fisher, C. and Lovell, A. (2009) Business ethics and values. Individual, corporate and international Perspectives. 3rd edition. Harlow, England: FT Prentice Hall. [paperback edition]
  • Clegg, S. and Rhodes, C. (2006) (Eds) Management Ethics. Contemporary Contexts. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Jones, C, Parker, M. and ten Bos, R. (2005) For Business ethics. New York: Routledge.
  • McEwan, T. (2001). Managing values and beliefs in Organisations. Harlow, England: Financial Times Prentice Hall/ Pearson Education Limited.
  • Hendry, J. (2004) Between Enterprise and Ethics. Business and Management in a Bimoral Society. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Gupta, A.D. (2004) (Ed) Human values in management. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
  • Goodwin, B. (2000) Ethics at work. Dortrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Kline, J.M. (2005) Ethics for International Business. Decision making in a global political economy. New York: Routledge.
  • De George, R.T. (2003) The Ethics of Information Technology and Business. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Dr Martina McGuinness
    Institution: The University of Sheffield
    Academic Role: Senior Lecturer