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TITLE Management, Finance and Marketing: Ethical Issues

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION Ethical decision-making with regards to a number of issues and challenges that arise in management, marketing, personnel, and finance will be treated.

Amongst topics to be discussed are the following: privacy, the use of personality tests, monitoring, health and safety, styles of management, parental leave, job satisfaction and dissatisfaction, obligations and conflicts of interest, bribery, the issue of gifts in a business context, whistle-blowing, self-interest job discrimination and its different forms, affirmative action (‘positive discrimination’ and ‘reverse discrimination’), sexual harassment, product safety; the legal and moral responsibility of manufacturers, product quality, prices, labelling and packaging.

Study-unit Aims

This study unit aims to enable students to appreciate ethical issues related to decision-making in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, personnel, and finance, such as the legal and moral responsibility of manufacturers, issues of honesty in marketing, the ethical import of different styles of management, issues of privacy, issues related to discrimination and affirmative action, and the question of possible conflicts of interest.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- understand different ethical issues that could arise in management, marketing, personnel, and finance.
- appreciate the moral and legal responsibilities of people working in these areas.
- recognise the rights of people affected by decisions in these areas.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- propose styles of management in different business circumstances that could lead to a higher level of respect for employees while maintaining a good level of business efficiency.
- deal ethically with issues that might arise in human resource management such as job satisfaction and dissatisfaction, whistle-blowing, and sexual harassment.
- propose courses of action that consider the ethical implications of the issue of gifts in a business context and the question of conflict of interest..
- propose ethical guidelines with respect to product safety, product quality, product pricing, and labelling and packaging.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Arnold C., Ethical Marketing and the New Consumer: Marketing in the New Ethical Economy, John Wiley 2009.
- Boatright John R., Ethics in Finance, Blackwell 2007.
- Hosmer La Rue, The Ethics of Management, McGraw-Hill 2007.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualifications: A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation Yes 20%
Assignment Yes 30%
Seminar Paper Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Peter J. Baldacchino
David Cortis
Antoine Grima
Simon Grima
Raymond Zammit

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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