MPHA520 BUSINESS ETHICS D: ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN BUSINESS
THIS MODULE CONSIDERS SPECIFIC ETHICAL ISSUES AND DILEMMAS FACING BUSINESS IN THE GLOBAL AND SOUTH AFRICAN CONTEXTS. THE AREAS TO BE CONSIDERED
include, but are not limited to:
Issues at the systemic level:
Justice, especially distributive justice, given the current economic paradigm,
Human rights and employment rights,
Ethical and cultural relativism,
Issues at the organisational level: Ethical issues with respect to policies, structures and practices in corporations and organisations.
Areas to consider include:
Governance and governance failures, conflict of interests,
Corporate social responsibility, corporate social investment, distributive justice, company profits and poverty relief,
Accountability versus fraud, bribery and corruption,
Worker empowerment: worker participation,
Employment equity and affirmative action,
Job creation, retrenchment, redundancy,
HIV/AIDS in the workplace
Gender issues in the workplace,
Environmental - for example: pollution, unsustainable use of resources.
Issues at the individual level:
Individual ethical decision making,
Personal moral standards versus corporate policies,
Case studies (various issues may be presented for example, whistleblowing, gender and race issues, fraud, bribery and so on).