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Business Ethics MOOC

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Join 750 others registered for the Ethics Center’s free, "Massive Open Online Course," Business Ethics for the Real World, offered through Canvas.net.  The four-week class, which can be taken any time before June 30, provides an introduction to the ethical issues confronting businesspeople.  It is appropriate for professionals, as well as undergraduate or graduate business students.
 
Taught by Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson, the MOOC provides an understanding of the nature of ethics, the role ethics plays in business, and the most commonly encountered ethical dilemmas in a business career. It provides practical advice on how to identify ethical dilemmas when they arise, how to get enough information to assess one’s responsibilities, how to analyze a complex ethical choice, and how to marshal one’s own resources and courage to act ethically.
 
While the course includes some ethical theory, it is designed to be approachable by the seasoned manager, the novice businessperson, and students in business schools. No specific background or preparation is necessary.  This introductory module will be followed by more advanced MOOCs beginning in 2014.
 
Hanson is one of the pioneers of the business ethics field.  He holds the John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professorship of Social Ethics at SCU. In 2001, he took early retirement from Stanford University where he taught in the Graduate School of Business for 23 years and is now an emeritus faculty member.
 
The editor of the four-volume series The Accountable Corporation, Hanson was the founding president of the Business Enterprise Trust, a national organization created by leaders in business, labor, media, and academia to promote exemplary behavior in business organizations.