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Ethical dilemmas plague everyone, even those who are honest and confident in their moral stance.  Ethical issues are complicated by changing norms and contrasting social theories.  Conflicts result from day-to-day business decisions influenced by factors such as loyalty.

Ethics are not limited to specific acts and defined moral codes. They encompass moral ideas and behaviors (philosophy of life).  Theories on social ethics can vary from business ethical theories. This course examines the history of ethics and those philosophers who have influenced ethical thinking.

Why should professionals study the history of ethics?  Increased reports of unethical behavior in businesses have stakeholders demanding more accountability.  Society’s evaluation of right and wrong affects an organization’s ability to meet goals.  By examining history, understanding the various ethical philosophies and why they were developed, examining issues and lessons learned, management and organizations might be able to begin to change behavior in a positive manner.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the definition and history behind business ethics.
  • Identify key philosophers who have assisted in defining societal and business ethics.
  • Explore ethical theories in business.
  • Explore a case study on business ethics.
Last updated/reviewed: January 25, 2018

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Expert Certifications:

15 CoursesEthical Leadership Certification

  1. History of Ethics
  2. Psychology Behind Ethics: Part 1
  3. Psychology Behind Ethics: Part 2
  4. COSO 2013 Control Environment Compliance
  5. Corporate Ethics
  6. Managing Through Corporate Politics
  7. Real World Business Ethics Scenarios
  8. Relationship between Ethics, Morality, and the Law
  9. Impact of Ethics on Leadership
  10. Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader
  11. Framework for Ethical Decision Making
  12. Keys to an Effective Code of Conduct
  13. Keys to Understanding Conflicts of Interest
  14. When The Whistle Blows Part 1: History, Regulations, and Concepts
  15. When The Whistle Blows Part 2: Managing Whistleblower Hotlines

16 Reviews (37 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
Short, but very good summary and introduction to Ethics and its application in business.
Anonymous Author
Great course that makes me want to read more about the topic.
Anonymous Author
Жаль, что теория этики не рассматривает поведение правительств отдельных стран
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I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot. Teacher is very intelligent and entertaining too. God bless. Mark Elders
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I really enjoyed this class. The class posed a lot of interesting issues to consider. I highly recommend this class.
Anonymous Author
This course presents a clear and concise view of the history of ethics. A more of ground is covered.
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Very logically presented; interesting and thought-provoking. New perspective on ethics.
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Lynn is on a roll with another great series of courses this time on ethics. GREAT STFF.
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Really enjoying and learning from each course I've taken from you so far
Anonymous Author
A good "time machine like presentation" regarding philosophy history
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Great study materials for history of Ethics in the corporate world
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Important to understanding the current business environment
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Eric in Billy Madison would definitely fail this course.
Anonymous Author
Interesting topics, well organized, relevant info.
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An interesting look at the evolution of ethics.
Member's Profile
Lots of new info I never knew - very interesting.


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. 

Education Provider Information

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Regarding the final exam, Question #10 had a different answer from what I was expecting based on the lecture. Overall, a great course.

Course Syllabus
  5:21Introduction To The History and Philosophies Behind Ethics
History of Ethics
  14:58Definition and History of Ethics
  12:39Ancient Greek Ethics
  15:19Business Ethics
  3:22Ethical Theories in Business
  6:32 Primary Ethical Concerns of Business
  6:19Case Study
  1:16:06The History and Philosophies Behind Ethics full video
  PDFSlides: History of Business Ethics
  PDFHistory of Business Ethics Glossary/Index
  quizReview Questions
 examFinal Exam