Why do good people do bad things? We all automatically default to “I’d never do that” as an instinctive reaction to all those highly publicized stories about corporate malfeasance. However, the reality is, many of those involved in these situations had the exact same perspective as you do now before they found themselves in trouble.

In this course, we look at our own susceptibility to engage in unethical actions, behaviors, and decisions.  It’s a shockingly slippery slope that anyone can fall into under the right circumstances.  Learn to recognize our own infallible human characteristics to help avoid regretting the decisions we make.

 

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize situations that unwittingly cause us to set aside our morals
  • Identify ethical dilemmas in our everyday, they are all around us whether we know it or not
  • Recognize how the human mind can re-characterize situations to allow us to rationalize unethical behavior and/or decisions
Last updated/reviewed: March 9, 2024
33 Reviews (157 ratings)

Reviews

5
Anonymous Author
This course served as an excellent refresher, particularly in identifying ethical dilemmas as well as applying critical thinking skills to guide decision making. The instructor presented key concepts in an engaging and meaningful way - highly recommend this course for all levels within an organization! The supporting materials were also very effective.

3
Anonymous Author
This met my needs for ethics. The actual illustrations were meaningful. I would like to have seen a refresh on the content with the cases presented rather than having to google for the update. Otherwise, ethics courses are never necessarily exciting, but they are a means to recalibrate and maintain an awareness to the exposure for ethical dilemmas.

5
Anonymous Author
The case studies used were relevant to the course. I was not familiar with the Livent story, so learning about what happened in that case made the course more interesting. In general, I think a course with one or more case studies helps to retain the lessons to be learned.

5
Anonymous Author
This course helps recognize situations that unwittingly cause us to set aside our morals, Identify ethical dilemmas, understand how the mind can re-characterizes situations to allow us to rationalize unethical behaviors and decisions.

5
Member's Profile
This may have been the best e-learning I have ever done. I say that without sarcasm. I learned so much in this. The content, stories, passion of the speakers, etc. rang true here and I will remember it for a long time to come.

5
Anonymous Author
This is a great finish to the four ethical courses provided by these two interesting instructors. It contains more info that is useful in the auditing spectrum of accounting, rather than in industry, where I work.

4
Member's Profile
I liked the use of examining a case study in this course because it's a real world example and helps us make the connection between what we are learning and how it occurs in the real world.

4
Anonymous Author
Eye-opening course along with clarified concepts that are sure to contribute to an increased understanding of the Ethical Decay Concept. Geat and insightful examples!

5
Anonymous Author
Очень интересные истории про Deloitte и этику. Но вопросы конечно сложноваты и далеки от темы

5
Member's Profile
Great presentation by the speakers including slides that were well supported by examples. The last example (Livent) was a nice way to bring it all together.

5
Anonymous Author
The course was informative and an eye opening lesson. Sometimes we think we know what is ethical but after taking this course it was pretty insightful.

3
Member's Profile
Interesting points of view. I thought this course was very helpful. Learning and knowing the different ethical behaviors will be helpful down the line

5
Anonymous Author
very interesting case study that I hadn't heard of before. Some really solid content for ethics credit and they made it very interesting.

5
Anonymous Author
The Course, Ethical Decay, was full of interesting examples and concepts that will be useful in tough conversations with mgmt.

5
Member's Profile
This was an interesting course which provided examples of why people felt comfortable ignoring the obvious for personal gain.

5
Member's Profile
A very concise, yet comprehensive course on ethics and how easily we as individuals can make mistakes and poor decisions.

4
Anonymous Author
Good approach to presenting the material with principals outlined up front and then demonstrated using a case study.

5
Anonymous Author
Excellent course with great examples. Always amazing to see how easy it is for people to cross the ethical line.

5
Member's Profile
Another solid effort in this series on Ethics. The company example made good points. Blair Cook is top-notch!

4
Anonymous Author
I loved how easy this course was to keep intrest in and how I could do a little bit at a time.

5
Member's Profile
This course was very interesting and presented concepts I had not known about before.

5
Anonymous Author
Useful and provided perspectives and examples that I hadn't previously encountered.

4
Member's Profile
Quick overview of a very profound problem. The course could be expanded upon.

5
Anonymous Author
It was really interesting to learn about ethical decay with many examples.

3
Anonymous Author
very short class. Make some good points and has some interesting examples

4
Member's Profile
The case studies are beneficial to illustrate the teachings of the course.

5
Member's Profile
Great overview of the decline in ethics. Good case study at the end.

4
Member's Profile
Blair Cook was an excellent presenter. The material was useful.

4
Anonymous Author
Good course. Well developed and presented. Very informative.

5
Member's Profile
Very interesting concepts - enjoyed this course very much

5
Anonymous Author
This course on Ethic Decay is thorough and very engaging!

5
Anonymous Author
Interesting case examples and well presented overall!

5
Anonymous Author
Well done. The examples were particularly interesting

Prerequisites
Course Complexity: Foundational
  • Prerequisite Education: None.
  • Prerequisite Experience: None.
  • Prerequisite Preparation: None;
Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Instructor for this course
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  Introduction to Ethical Decay4:03
  Ethical Decay9:46
  Ethical Dilemmas5:45
  Livent Story15:55
CONTINUOUS PLAY
  Ethical Decay 35:30
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  Slides: Ethical DecayPDF
  Ethical Decay Glossary/IndexPDF
REVIEW AND TEST
  REVIEW QUESTIONSquiz
 FINAL EXAMexam