MBA 758 - PRINCIPLED ORGANIZATIONS: INTEGRATING FAITH, ETHICS AND WORK 
Spring, 2014
Lawrence P. Ulrich, Ph.D.
ulrichlp@udayton.edu
SYLLABUS & REQUIREMENTS


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Objectives

Course Outline & Schedule

Course Reading Assignments & Schedule

Essay 1

Essay 2

Essay 3

Collaborative Writing Project

Threaded Discussions

Web Conferences

Audio Chat Rooms

Resource Readings

Links

Q & A

DATES TO REMEMBER

BUSINESS ETHICS LIBRARY


COURSE EVALUATION FORM


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.

GENERAL ORIENTATION:

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. 

ON-LINE FEATURES:

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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

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. 

Grades will be determined as follows:

Each (of 3) individual essay = 30 points. Total of 90 points.

Each (of 6) threaded discussion = 30 points. Total of 180 points.
Each (of 5)Web Conference (Audio Chat Room) = 30 points. Total of 150 points.
Collaborative writing project = 100 points. Total of 100 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.
F = below 410 points

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Students will be required to participate in five (5)( 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 reading assignments.
CLICK HERE for specific essay questions.
CLICK HERE for the course outline.

TEXTS:

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:
  • SELF MOTIVATION
  • TIME-MANAGEMENT SKILLS
  • A COMMITMENT TO MEETING DEADLINES
  • REASONABLY DECENT WRITING SKILLS
  • A WILLINGNESS TO DEVELOP SKILLS OF THEORETICAL ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION OF SKILLS TO PROBLEM SOLVING.
SINCE THIS COURSE IS CONDUCTED ELECTRONICALLY, THE STUDENT SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING MINIMAL ELECTRONIC CAPABILITIES: 

MSWORD for writing assignments and submitting e-mail attachments

 

INTERWISE ANDSAMETIME3 REQUIRMENTS

  •  Pentium II

  • 233 MHz

  • 128 MB RAM

  • 5 MB free disk space

  • 28.8 kbps connection speed (56 for A/V)

  • Microsoft Windows 95 / Windows 98 / Windows NT 4.0 workstation / Windows 2000 Professional (preferred)

  • Internet Explorer 5.0.1 & 5.5 (preferred) / Netscape Communicator 4.7

  • Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine

QUICKPLACE REQUIREMENTS 

  • Windows 98 / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows XP Professional / Macintosh System 9
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 with Service Pack 2 / Internet Explorer 5.1 (Macintosh) / Internet Explorer 6 / Netscape 4.79
  • Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine