ETHICS AWARENESS

  • Awareness is the most effective way to change human behavior

  • A few bad apples can bring down an entire organization

  • Identify the causes of unethical behavior

  • Identify the rationalization trap

  • Eight concrete factors to consider when faced with an ethical conundrum

This program focuses on ethics awareness and addresses two principal issues:

1) How do I really know whether I am ethical?

2) How can I build management skills that have been proven to foster an ethical workplace?

Our goal is to help build management skills that have been proven to foster an ethical workplace. In addition to heightening awareness of ethical problems in business, we look at the main causes of unethical behavior and develop specific management practices to reduce or eliminate problems. This program relies on cases and discussions to help achieve the objectives and reinforce the concepts.

This program was developed in conjunction with a Fortune 500 company to which Professor Urich has presented it corporate-wide to more than 3,000 employees. This program has been embraced by corporations who wish to continue their high ethical standards during the challenging times ahead.

SEMINAR OUTLINE:

I. INTRODUCTION
   A. Current state of corporate ethics
   B. Knowing what’s right
   C. Doing the right thing 

        1. Case problem

   D. Benefits of an ethical organization

II. CAUSES OF UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR
   A. Attitudes toward the company

        1. The manager is the messenger

        2. Problems with authority

        3. Case problem

   B. Beliefs about the ethics of others

        1. Group discussion (develop an ethical standard)

        2. Projecting your views on the world

        3. Problems with human nature

   C. It’s easier not to be ethical

       1. Easier to do what’s convenient

       2. Easier to win if you cheat

       3. Strategy for ethical self-discipline

   D. Problems with rationalization
       1. Examining self-interest
       2. Examining self-delusion
       3. Case problem (Bedlam Football Tickets)
   E. Low self-esteem
       1. It takes character to do the right thing
       2. Management practices that promote self-esteem
       3. Case problem

III. DEVELOPING AN ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING FRAMEWORK
   A. Case problem
   B. Eight-step decision criteria
   C. Conclusion

CONTACT ME

 

Andrew.Urich@okstate.edu

2932 S. Detroit Avenue

Tulsa OK 74114 

773.562.9756