Unit 2 Course Materials

In this unit, Unit 2: Ethics & Social Responsibility, we will explore the responsibility of organizations to operate ethically, and will work to understand the multiple sides of workplace ethical dilemmas. We will learn to differentiate between legal and ethical behavior, and review the difference and interconnectedness between individual and corporate ethics. We will review strategies management can employ to encourage ethical behavior, and identify common ethical concerns including bribery, conflicts of interest, and whistleblowing. We will also learn about how employee and customer perception of an organization can affect morale and bottom line sales.

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

  • Define ethical behavior
  • Define legal behavior
  • Differentiate between ethical and legal behavior

In order to successfully complete this unit, you’ll need to do the following:

1. Read this Open Educational Resource (free to access): Module 6: Ethics & Corporate Responsibility1
Please note: you do not need to complete the activities listed in this resource.

2. Watch this pre-recorded lecture from my BUS 311: Human Resource Management course, focused on Ethics, Social Responsibility, Employee Relations, and CSR:

As always, if you need more information, you can ask me a question. For information on due dates, check our Course Schedule.


1CC LICENSED CONTENT, ORIGINAL Why It Matters: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Provided by: Lumen Learning. LicenseCC BY: Attribution