Ethical Business Strategies


3.0 units of USC credit




Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Special Dress Code



In the course, we explore the somewhat uneasy relationship between ethics, business, and economics, including the ethical issues we confront as individual employees, and as managers of people and projects. How should a person who wants to act ethically conduct business? Is there a place for ethics in business? How do we evaluate the risks associated with different business plans? What are our duties and responsibilities to various stakeholders, including employees, customers, investors, and the general public? In this course we will explore and apply decision‐making frameworks to ethical dilemmas that arise in business management and the workplace as a whole to equip the business leaders of tomorrow with the skills that they will need.


  • Hear from guest speakers on topics such as socially responsible investing
  • Apply the ethical tools that they have learned in developing documents such as corporate mission statements
  • Analyze contemporary scandals such as the 2008 financial collapse and Wells Fargo

Topic of Study

  • Business management
  • Consumer rights
  • Deception in advertising
  • Decision theory
  • Ethics
  • Finance and economics
  • Globalization
  • Moral philosophy
  • Organizational challenges
  • Risk management
  • The ethics of whistle blowing
  • Workers rights