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Ch 1: Business Ethics Overview: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Business Ethics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach accepted standards of business behavior in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Business Ethics Overview chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Business ethics in contemporary businesses;
ethical decision making;
factors that affect ethical workplace behavior
How ethics factor into several areas of business, with examples;
overview of the steps in ethical decision making;
individual and social factors, as well as situational opportunities, that influence business ethics
Tuesday Theories of ethics;
why businesses have ethical problems
Overview of rights and natural laws, with examinations of theories including consequentialism, ethical relativism and ethics of care;
reasons why ethical problems may occur, including a look at several types of ethical issues
Wednesday Managing ethical behavior;
organizational ethical climate
How managers can influence ethics in the workplace;
definition of an organizational ethical climate and ways it can be strengthened
Thursday Ethics policies;
organizational citizenship behavior
How business can develop ethics policies and train employees in ethics;
definition and utilization of organizational citizenship behavior
Friday Workplace ethics and the law;
professional and ethical conduct for attorneys in business
How ethical and legal issues differ, with examples;
ethics in the legal profession and their relationship to business law, overview of topics including malpractice, attorney/client privilege and conflicts of interest

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Business Ethics Overview: Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Business Ethics in Contemporary Businesses

1. Business Ethics in Contemporary Businesses

The concept of ethics is easy to give examples of but hard to define. In this lesson, we will discuss ethics and how they apply in the business world, as well as discuss an example of an ethical situation using Enron.

Ethical Decision Making

2. Ethical Decision Making

We have to make decisions every day, and many of these decisions have an ethical dimension. In this lesson, you'll learn about ethical decision-making and a process you can use to make ethically sound decisions. A short quiz follows.

Factors that Affect Ethical Behavior in the Workplace

3. Factors that Affect Ethical Behavior in the Workplace

This lesson will help you understand the factors that affect ethical behavior in the workplace and allow you to consider your own ethical decision making standards.

Theories of Ethics: Rights & Natural Laws

4. Theories of Ethics: Rights & Natural Laws

Legal rights are those rights provided to citizens through the Constitution and other articles of the US legal system. Natural rights are rooted in the ethical, based on what is right or wrong. Learn more about ethics in this lesson.

Why Ethical Problems Occur in Business

5. Why Ethical Problems Occur in Business

In this lesson, you will learn that ethical problems occur because companies have a lack of integrity, organizational relationship problems, conflicts of interest, and misleading advertising.

Managing Ethical Behavior in the Workplace

6. Managing Ethical Behavior in the Workplace

Ethics are important in the business world. In this lesson, you will learn the techniques that managers use to command ethical behavior in the workplace.

Organizational Ethical Climate: Definition, Issues & Improvement

7. Organizational Ethical Climate: Definition, Issues & Improvement

Organizational ethical climate refers to the moral atmosphere of the work environment and the level of ethics practiced within a company. Instrumental, caring, law and order, rules, and independence are the five types of ethical climate that can exist in an organization.

The Importance of Ethics Policies, Training & Reporting Programs in the Workplace

8. The Importance of Ethics Policies, Training & Reporting Programs in the Workplace

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of ethics policies, training and reporting programs in the workplace that help provide safeguards to maintain an ethical environment.

Organizational Citizenship Behavior in the Workplace: Definition and Examples

9. Organizational Citizenship Behavior in the Workplace: Definition and Examples

Organizational citizenship is a concept that all companies wish to have but very few can actually achieve. It is rooted in individual employees' view of the company and how they associate themselves with it.

The Difference Between Workplace Ethics and the Law

10. The Difference Between Workplace Ethics and the Law

In this lesson, you will learn the difference between workplace ethics and the law through a comparison of two employees who each view a situation differently at their job.

Attorney Professional and Ethical Conduct in Business

11. Attorney Professional and Ethical Conduct in Business

Lawyers play an important part in business, but they must follow model rules regarding ethics. This lesson addresses legal ethics in business law, including malpractice, attorney-client privilege and conflicts of interest.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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