BAS 485 : DECISION MAKING, ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP
Managers will face many important and farreaching decision making, ethical, and leadership situations in their professional life. This course provides a systematic way to approach decisions, ethics, and leadership. It analyzes complex decision, ethical, and leadership problems by breaking them into manageable pieces and by providing important insights that will lead to clarity of thought and commitment to action.
- Learning Outcome 1: Problem-Solving Framework including Research, Critical Thinking, Decision-making, and Planning: Problem-solving helps managers develop a better understanding of business situations allowing them to make better decisions. Without the ability to adequately problem solve, a manager’s career growth and contribution to the organization are limited. Within the context of ethics, problems offer managers an opportunity to identify potential and real ethical issues within an organization that may result in a tarnished brand and/or legal liabilities. Problem solving frameworks require managers to conduct research, apply critical thinking skills to identify the underlying cause(s); utilize a decision-making tool to assess alternatives and recommend a solution that will change the outcome or effects; and finally, construct a plan to implement the solution.
- Learning Outcome 2: Business professional written communication: Communication is the source of both conflict and resolution; the means for sharing ideas and exchanging information; as well as effectively influencing peers, bosses, and customers. In this learning outcome, students will practice effective communication to learn how to influence colleagues to prevent and/or resolve ethical issues.
- Learning Outcome 3: Lenses for Evaluating Ethical Behavior: Ethical standards vary by sociocultural and economic norms, governmental laws, and individuals’ values. To be prepared when presented with an ethical issue, students need to assess what their own ethical standards are and consider why they prioritize these standards above others as well as how strongly they can sustain their standards in the face of pressure to abandon them. In this learning outcome, students will assess their own ethical values using one or more of the theories of ethics.
- Learning Outcome 4: Ethics, the Capitalist System, Industries, and Relationships: The era in which we live, the type of capitalist system, growing industries (e.g. biotechnology, automation, robotics, etc.), organizational culture, and the values of individual managers combine to influence ethical standards. In the post-WWII era of the US, many industry leaders valued the role of the labor unions and the growing middle class. This remains true in Scandinavian countries and Germany. However, the US government and current industry leaders work diligently to eliminate the power of labor unions and erode employee power. Additionally, most US companies have the traditional pyramid structure while other firms are experimenting with more democratic structures. In this learning outcome, students will identify the multiple ethical interests at stake in real-world situations, consider their own ethical values, and then articulate what makes a particular course of action ethically defensible and why.
At a Glance
Program: Bachelor of Applied Science