The Ethical Corporation

By Prof Chhanda Chakraborti   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 593
This is a foundational course to enable to learners understand that ‘business as usual’ is no longer a viable option in the global business scenario. What is required instead is ‘Ethical Corporation’.  This course will help to learn how to take a purposeful business to the next level by infusing ethical considerations in the various functional areas of business.  This course will use leading current paradigms in current business scenario, and the established traditions of ethical theories to drive the discussion why being an ethical corporation is of paramount importance today.  

Course Objectives:

•       To enable the students as future business employees, entrepreneurs, and also as citizens to understand the what, why, and the how of an ethical corporation 
•        To garner knowledge about the ethical principles which can effectively guide business actions and decisions 
•        To learn how to manage ethics in the organization formally and informally, how to pre-empt financial and social risks
•        To train on how business ethics can strategically create a brand differentiating edge for a business

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Management, Humanities and Social Science, Entrepreurship, Students from any discipline with interest in contemporary ways of doing business, business professionals, HR Professionals, Business consultancy professionals
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Tata Group, Wipro Group, Tech Mahindra, ITC Group, Infosys, etc
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 20 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 29 Sep 2019 IST
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Ethical corporation: What, why, and how?  
Week 2: Action guidance: Principles of Normative Ethical theories.  Foundations of new global paradigms, citizenship culture, stakeholder engagement
Week 3: Managing ethics within the corporation : Formally and Informally
Week 4: Virtue of trustworthiness  : Corporate Governance
Week 5: Investing in human relationships: Employees
Week 6: The responsible corporation: Natural Environment        
Week 7: The involved, conversational corporation: Consumers and larger society
Week 8: Ethical Competition, and  keeping Supply Chain clean and clear

Books and references

1. The Civil Corporation, Simon Zadek, 2007, Earthscan. 
2. Business Ethics, Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten, 3rd Edition (Indian Edition), Oxford University Press.2007.
3. Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases, Manuel G Velasquez, 7th ed., Pearson, 2012. 
4. Case studies will be used as supplementary material as and when necessary.

Instructor bio

Chhanda Chakraborti (Ph.D, University of Utah, USA, M.A., University of Washington, USA, M.A., Jadavpur University, India) is a Professor of Philosophy in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur. She has taught MBM students at Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSOM), IIT Kharagpur for years, as well as Masters in Human Resource Management  (MHRM) students, IIT Kharagpur. Under her guidance, several students have done their Ph D on Corporate Social Responsibility and relevant topics in Ethics.
She has developed and taught 8 courses for IIT Kharagpur curriculum, which includes  Business Ethics course for VGSOM, IIT Kharagpur; and  Business, Society and Ethics course, and Corporate Social Responsibility Course for the Masters in Human Resource Management program (MHRM) , IIT Kharagpur.
Recipient of many international and national awards, she has taught and has held several invited and visiting positions in the universities abroad. She has been a key member in the Institute Ethics Committee, at IIT Kharagpur. She has also served as a nominated member of the Editorial Advisory Body of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 29 September 2019Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

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