ETI451 Diversity in Firm and Ethics
Societies as well as firms increasingly become diverse in terms of the composition of the
workforce. Gender equality is high on the political agenda and more and more firms
acknowledge that in order to recruit the best workers they have to have a profile inviting and
integrating women into the work force, as well as men, and offering attractive careers. Firms
have to follow anti-discrimination laws but also increasingly integrate gender equality and
business ethics as part of their corporate management strategy. The goal of the course is to study
the relations between discrimination in labour markets and business ethics of organizations.
The course starts with a general introduction to managing business and ethical values. What do
we mean by ethical values in business and why are those important for management? How are
decisions made on a sound ethical basis? What is corporate social responsibility? We then turn
to diversity in firms and ethics. We introduce the topic by discussing whether there is a business
case for diversity. Do firms perform better if they have more women in the management or on
boards? We learn about the challenges to treat everybody equal in terms of work and pay in
organisations. We discuss ethical issues that arise related to discriminatory behaviour in a legal
sense. The course uses empirical studies to train students to get an understanding of
discriminatory behaviour. Students use cases to get training in identifying ethical dilemmas in
gender diverse businesses and solve them, taking for example the position as a corporate
manager or as an employee. The case discussions take place in groups during the lecture sessions.
The course outline is:
1. Introduction: Managing business and ethics
2. Discriminatory behavior and business ethics
3. Ethical issues inside the organization and anti-discrimination legislation
4. Managing ethics in gender diverse organizations
Knowledge - The candidate...
Has an understanding of diversity management and ethical issues with particular emphasis on
gender and discriminatory behavior
Has broad knowledge of the laws of anti-discrimination legislation
Has knowledge of empirical evidence in this field
Has knowledge on core issues related to how to manage diverse businesses
Skills - The candidate...
Can apply academic knowledge and relevant results of research to practical problems and
make well-founded choices
Can reflect upon his/her own academic practice and adjust it during the dialogues with co-students
in groups, in group discussions of case studies
Can find, evaluate and refer to information and scholarly subject matter and present it in a
manner that sheds light on the problem
Competence - The candidate...
Has insight into relevant professional issues of discriminatory behaviour in the workplace
can communicate important subject matters such as models, problems and solutions, both in
writing and orally
Can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing
to the development of good practice
This course is 2.5 credit points and meets five times (three hours each) in September and the beginning of October. It is case based, supported by lectures and guest lectures. Two of the cases require more extensive reading and students are expected to come well prepared to the case discussions. These discussions will take place in class both in smaller groups (4-6 students) and larger groups (at most 40 students). The term project, which is a group assignment, is due in October. The student teams will also present the term project in October. For a detailed course outline, see canvas.
Requirements for course approval
Class attendance is mandatory. Students should attend every class, also those with visiting speakers. While I may grant permission to miss a class for personal reasons, you need to ask for permission in advance. A student missing more than one class without prior approval will fail the course.
This course will be closed for registration after the first lecture.
The grade is based on a portfolio consisting of class participation (approximately 40%), a written term paper and the presentation of this term paper (approximately 60%). One grade is given for the entire portfolio. Grading scale A-F.
Class participation is individual effort. The evaluation of class participation will mainly be based on the case discussions in small and larger groups. It will reflect the quality of a student's comments and insights, as well as the intensity of participation. There is no makeup for a missed class.
The term project is a group assignment, with a written term paper and a presentation as deliveries. The assignment is to identify and discuss a current ethical dilemma related to gender diversity in business. The project presentations will take place in the first half of October. Students should attend the full day of presentations.
The grades awarded may not be appealed due to the nature of the assessment.
This course will be closed for registration after the first lecture
Grading scale A-F.
Autumn. Offered Autumn 2018
Trevino, Linda K. and Katherine A. Nelsen (2014): Managing Business Ethics - Straight talk about how to do it right, Wiley. Available as e-book.
There will also be a list of cases and articles that will be announced in class.
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
Professor Astrid Kunze, Department of Economics