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TITLE International Business Ethics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will examine the phenomenon of globalisation and the ethical challenges that can arise in the respect of international business, foreign direct investment, and global portfolio investment. It will investigate both the role of governments in an increasingly multipolar and interconnected world and the role of the electronic media. Careful consideration will be given to the notion of an ethical infrastructure necessary for business to be possible and the special issues that could arise in emerging markets.

Study-unit Aims

The aim of the unit will be to investigate the ethical challenges and opportunities arising from globalisation.

Learning Outcomes

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

- understand the ethical issues involved in international business, foreign direct investment and global portfolio investment.
- understand the roles of governments as both agents and regulators.
- understand the ethical challenges involved with respect to the effect of the electronic media on business.

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

- apply his/her understanding of various ethical issues involved in globalisation and propose ways in which these issues could be resolved.
- apply his/her understanding of ethical and legal frameworks in proposing the ethical and legal infrastructures necessary for business to be possible.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Carrigan, M. Marinova, S. & Szmigin, I. 'Ethics and International Marketing: Research Background and Challenges', Emerald Group Publishing, 2005
- Kumar B.N. 'Ethics in International Management' De Gruyter Studies in Organizations, No 84.
- Schlegelmilch, B. (Edt.) Marketing Ethics: An international Perspective, Cengage Learning Business Press (1997). ISBN -13: 978-186152191X.
- Murphy, P.E. & Laczniak, G.R. Marketing Ethics: Cases and Readings, Prentice Hall (2006). ISBN -13 978-0131330887.
- Saeed, M., Ahmed, Z. U. & Mukhtar S, 'International Marketing Ethics from an Islamic Perspective: A Value Maximization Approach' Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 32, Number2, July 2001 pp. 127-142.
- Yucel, R., Elibol H, & Dagdelen, O. 'Globalization and International Marketing Ethics Problems'. International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, Issue 26 (2009).
- Beekum, R.I. 'Islamic Business Ethics', The International Institute of Islamic Thought. Human development Series, No 2, (1997).

There is no copy of these books and articles at the Library of the University of Malta.

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

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S David Cortis

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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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