MBA 758 - PRINCIPLED ORGANIZATIONS:
INTEGRATING FAITH, ETHICS AND WORK
ACADEMIC HONOR CODE
COURSE DESCRIPTION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON BULLETIN:
MBA 758 Principled Organization: Integrating
Faith, Ethics, and Work. 3 credit hours.
Students draw on our Catholic Social Teaching and Marianist Heritage to explore
issues related to the role of business as a high calling, as
well as, a
critical profession for the good of society and its citizens. Besides the importance of contributing
and acting ethically, we delve into the benefit of integrating these values with current issues in
business and its relationship to society. To do so, extensive conversations with active business
people and reflections on the relevance of ideas discussed to personal goals and beliefs are
central to the course. No Prerequisites.
Students draw on our Catholic Social Teaching and Marianist Heritage to explore issues related
to the role of business as a high calling, as well as, a critical profession for the good of society and its
citizens. Besides the importance of contributing and acting ethically, we delve into the benefit of
integrating these values with current issues in business and its relationship to society. To do so,
extensive conversations with active business people and reflections on the relevance of ideas
discussed to personal goals and beliefs are central to the course. No Prerequisites.
This course will examine many of the ethical issues that arise in business practices. It will begin with an examination of the Faith context for addressing business practices and of the conceptual tools that are used to position discussions of ethics in professional practices. These tools are specifically belief systems and ethical systems that structure value analyses and the ethical principles that are often used to resolve conflicts that arise in professional practices. The general features, which will underlie the Faith/Ethical issues that will condition our time in this course, are (1) the process of ethical decision-making, (2) the meaning of virtue and the characteristics of a virtuous manager, (3) the impact of the development of the global marketplace on business practices, (4) the importance of policy formation to direct corporations toward proper ethical practices, and (5) the development of a corporate culture. We will also spend considerable time discussing the responsibility of corporations in light of recent corporate scandals. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the student qualifications for success in this course and the technology qualifications to participate in the on-line activities.
Since there will be no class meetings for this course,
students can expect to be required to make a greater commitment to reading
and writing than might be expected in a course, which meets in a regular
class setting. Students can expect to:
1) Read about 450 pages over the 12 week course, which averages about 35 pages per week.
2) Write three (3) individual essays (about 500-700 words per essay) over the 12 week course.
3) Participate in (one (1) Collaborative Writing Project (about 2,500 words) over the 12 week course.
4) Spend time participating in six (6) threaded discussions producing about 15 robust paragraphs over the 16 week course.
5) Participate in 5 of 10 scheduled Web Conferences (Audio Chat Rooms) of electronic Web Conferences (Audio Chat Rooms) over the 16-week course; each Web Conference is 1 and 1/2 hours in duration, which are staggered at different times and on different days in the course..
SPECIFIC TOPICS TO BE CONSIDERED:
1) The importance of values for underlying actions.
2) Faith as a central foundation for values.
3) Dominant ethical theories in Western philosophy: Deontology, Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, Feminist Ethics giving guidance to the practice of value-laden actions.
4) Principles for resolving ethics conflicts: Autonomy, Beneficence, Justice, Parentalism to yield a value resolution to conflicts.
5) Dominant ethical theories in Eastern Philosophy (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism).
6) The concept of "virtue" and its relation to "values."
7) A catalogue of virtues that are important for business practices.
8) Virtues important for good leaders and prioritizing those virtues.
9) The spiritual foundations for effectively seeing business as a "calling," i.e. a "vocation."
10) The contributions of the Marianist Tradition in the formation of values.
11) Social Justice as a guiding principle in the world of work.
12) The understanding that work is value-laden.
13) Work as a fulfillment of our humanity.
14) Work as foundational to Human Dignity.
CLICK HERE for course outline and sequence of topics.
CLICK HERE to examine the course objectives and the methods to be used to accomplish the objectives.
COURSE PROCEDURES AND GRADING SCALE:
There will be no classroom meetings.
All written individual essays will be sent to the instructor as e-mail attachments in WORD, not as e-mail messages.
The Collaborative Writing Project will be posted on the Isidore website.
Web Conferences (Audio Chat Rooms) will be conducted on staggered evenings (sometimes 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET and sometimes 9:30-11:00 p.m. ET), except for 3 on Saturday mornings (at 9:00 a.m. ET) over the 16-week period to allow for flexible participation on the part of students.
Six (6) threaded Discussions, using Isidore, lasting one week each will be conducted approximately every other week during the term.
Each (of 3) individual essay = 30 points. Total of 90 points.
Each (of 6) threaded
discussion = 30 points. Total of 180 points.
520 points possible.
A = 460-520 points.
A- = 450-459 points.
B+ = 440-449 points.
B = 430-439 points.
B- = 420-429points.
C = 410-419points.
1. Students will be required to participate in
of the scheduled ten (10) Web Conferences (Audio Chat Rooms).
2. Students will be required to participate in six (6) Threaded Discussions.
3. Students will be required to produce one (1) Collaborative Writing Projects of approximately 2,500 words for the project.
4. Students will be required to write three (3) essays of 500-700 words each.
CLICK HERE for specific
CLICK HERE for specific essay questions.
CLICK HERE for the course outline.
Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth). 2010. Linked from Reading Assignment Webpage.
John Paul II, Laborem Exercens (On Work)). 1981. Linked from Reading Assignment Webpage.
Lackner, Joseph H., Virtues for Mission. Dayton, OH: North American Center for Marianist Studies, 2003. [ISBN 0-9704376-4-1]
Luongo, Pete. 10 Truths About Leadership: . . . It's Not Just About Winning. Cincinnati: Clerisy Press, 2007. [ISBN 10: 1-57860-302-1]
Maxwell, John C. Leadership Gold. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008. [ISBN 978-0-7852-1411-3]
Moore, Thomas. A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You were Born to Do. New York: Broadway Books, 2009. [ISBN 978-0-76792252-4]
Padelford, Walton. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Business Ethics. [Dallas: Borderstone Press, LLC, 2011. [ISBN 978-1-936670-14-7] [This is available as a "used" book from Amazon for $13.00]
Some articles and cases may be found on ERESERVE in the University of Dayton Library through ISIDORE.
|TO ENGAGE IN THIS KIND OF COURSE SUCCESSFULLY, THE STUDENT SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS:|
|SINCE THIS COURSE IS CONDUCTED ELECTRONICALLY, THE STUDENT SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING MINIMAL ELECTRONIC CAPABILITIES:|
MSWORD for writing assignments and submitting e-mail attachments
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