SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N225595
Module Leader Daniel McGregor
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Finance and Accounting
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The mod ule is intended to provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge and a wareness concerning ethical and responsible leadership issues related to business. Students will be supported to critically explore issues of ethics and responsible leadership in the private, public and social enterprise sectors, covering topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, professionalism and ethically driven responsible leadership, including the extent to which statutory regulations and values secure corporate accountability. In so doing, students will gain insights into the internal and external accountability structures aimed at producing an ethical organisation. The aim of this module is to equip students with a set of analytical tools and concepts to drive responsible decision-making whilst highlighting the difference between compliance- and ethically-driven behaviours. The module will therefore incorporate both a theoretical and practical understanding of real world issues, from a UK and global perspective. The UN Global Compact's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), GCU's Common Good attributes and the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be used to situate the content and aims of this module within the broader aims and ambitions of GSBS for its graduates. The teaching of this module is based on a dialogic approach to learning; that of debate, conversation and informed opinions. For all topics studied, students will be required to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving skills, communication, interpersonal and reflective skills. Summary of how PRME-related issues / topics are covered in this module: Students will develop critical appreciation of the importance of ethics, responsible leadership and sustainability which are the three key pillars of PRME explicitly covered by this module.


Lectures: Week 1 - 5 : Ethics and CS R in business Laying an Ethical Foundation: The theoretical aspects of Ethics and Responsible Leadership The Philosophy and Psychology of Ethical Decision-Making Professional Ethics: Professionalism, Professional behaviour and Codes of Ethics Building an Ethical Organisation: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Ethical Global Citizenship: The Challenges of Ethical Diversity and Finding Moral Common Ground Lectures: Week 6 - 9 : Leadership, Ethical and Responsible Leadership Introduction to leadership types and styles Ethical Leadership - intro and impact Responsible Leadership - intro and impact Analysing leaders' approaches and styles Week 10 : Masterclass - The importance of ethical and responsible leadership in all sectors: Guest speakers from Industry event Week 11 : A capstone session contextualising aspects of the drivers and challenges of ethics and leadership by way of pragmatic insight through community based projects Week 12: Generic Feedback on CW1 and CW2 guidance Seminars start in week 1 and activities align with lecture topics

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to;1. Demonstrate a knowledge and awareness of the business environment and the necessity for ethical behaviour.2.Evaluate a range of ethical theories and their application to the business environment.3. Exhibit an understanding of a range of ethical dilemmas that arise in business activity and formulate possible approaches to their resolution.4. Appraise various leadership approaches and evaluate the role of responsible leadership in business and society when encountering ethical dilemmas in business practice.5. Evaluate the traits of a responsible leader and carry out self- analysis in relation to this leadership approach generally and specifically within the student's discipline.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching/learning strategy has two interrelated elements: Lectures introduce topics and highlight the theories and issues involved; Seminars provide opportunities for discussion of ethical/leadership challenges to enable students to reflect on the need for ethical/leadership behaviour in different contexts. Self-diagnostic tools will be used to aid this self-reflection. The strategy introduces students early in their university careers to conflicting pressures within the business environment. There is a particular focus on the responsibilities of professionalism and ethically driven responsible leadership in industry and society. This will require students to consolidate their learning by analysing case studies involving ethical dilemmas in different areas of organisational activity and by critically analysing leadership approaches aligned to ethical practice. GCU Learn Virtual Learning Environment is used to support learning activities. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCU Learn to ensure student support and information sharing. Feedback strategy: Students will be provided with both formative and summative feedback. Formative feedback will be given during seminars through plenary discussion of case study challenges and following completion of assigned learning activities. Students submit all coursework electronically through GCU Learn Turnitin and marks and summative feedback will be provided on all coursework via Grademark, normally within 3 working weeks of submission. Internationalisation: The module incorporates an international dimension to student learning through discussion of ethical dilemmas and leadership challenges across the international landscape. The internationalisation strategy within the module complies with principles 1,4, 5, 7 and 8 of an Internationalised Curriculum.

Indicative Reading

Achu a, C.F.and Lussier, R.N. (2013), Effective Leadership, 5th (International) Edition, Canada: South-Western Cengage Learning Crane, A., & Matten, D. (2 016), Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in an Age of Globalisation, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press DeGeorge, R.T., Business Ethics (2011), 3rd Edition, New Jersey: Prentice Hall DuBrin, A.J. (2013), Principles of Leadership, 7th (International) Edition, Canada: South-Western Cengage Learning Fisher, C. and Lovell, A., (2015), Business Ethics and Values, 4th Edition, Essex: Prentice Hall Fraedrick, J., Ferrell, L., & Ferrell, O.C. (2013), Ethical Decision Making in Bjusiness: A Managerial Approach, 9th Edition, Canada, South-Western Cengage Learning Fryer, M. (2011); Ethics and Organizational Leadership: Developing a Normative Model; Oxford University Press; Oxford (E-Book) Gentille, M.C. (2010), Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right, Yale University Press Harrison, M., (2005), An Introduction to Business and Management Ethics, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan Hartman, L.P., DesJardins, J., MacDonald, C., (2018): Business Ethics: Decision Making for Personal Integrity and Social Responsibility, 4th Edition, New York, McGraw-Hill Education Johnson, C.E., (2018), Organizational Ethics: A Practical Approach , 10th Edition, London: Sage Publications Johnson, C.E. (2015), Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow, London: Sage Publications Ltd Lawton, A., Rayner, J., & Lasthuizen, K., (2013), Ethics and Management in the Public Sector, 6th Edition, Oxon: Routledge May, L. & Delston, J.B. (eds) (2016), Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach, 6th Edition, New York, Routledge Mellahi, K., Morrell, K., Wood, G. (2010) The Ethical Business: Challenges and Conroversies, 2nd Edition, London, Palgrave MacMillan Northouse, P.G., (2017) Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice, 4th Edition, Sage Publications. Northouse, P.G. (2013), Leadership; Theory and Practice, (8th edition), Sage Publications. Peterson, M. (2013), Sustainable Enterprise: A Macromarketing Approach, California, Sage Publications Inc. Rickards, T. (2015), Dilemmas of Leadership, 3rd Edition, Oxon Routledge Schedlitzki, D. and Edwards, G. (2014), Studying Leadership; Traditional & Critical Approaches, London: Sage Publications Ltd. Solomon, R.C., (1994), Ethics and Excellence: Cooperation and Integrity in Business, New York: Oxford University Press Stanwick, P., & Stanwick, S. (2014), Understanding Business Ethics, 2nd Edition, California, Sage Publications Inc. Watson, G. and Reissner, S. (2014), Developing Skills for Business Leadership, 2nd Edition, London: CIPD Yukl, G. (2010) Leadership in Organizations (International Edition). 7th edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, NJ Online sources: World Resources Institute Other sources: Journals: Business Ethics Quarterly Journal of Business Ethics Business and Society Review Journal of Organisational Behaviour Research in Organisational Behaviour Corporate Governance; The international Journal of Business in Society Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Journal of Management and Governance Journal of Managerial Psychology Management Decision Leadership and Organisational Development Journal of Management Journal of Management Development Journal of Organisational Change Management Human Resource Development International Journal of Managerial Psychology Leadership Quarterly Educational Leadership Leadership Gender in Management: An International Journal

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this m odule students will hav e gained increased awareness of and develop competence in the following key areas: Ethical and active citizenship Responsible leadership Critical thinking & problem solving Information retrieval & research skills Group working Communication skills: written, oral, listening, verbal Presentation (PowerPoint) and discussion skills Independent working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 36.00
Lectures (FT) 13.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00
Seminars (FT) 23.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 35% Individual Assignment:Due in week 14Part A: Discuss importance of Responsible Leadership in business today Part B- Reflection of self as a Responsible Leader Total 2000 Words
Coursework 1 20.00 40.00 35% Group presentationWeek 10 and 11 during seminar time.Critical analysis of a case study focusing on ethical issues and matters