Ethics in Business and Technology
This course is about philosophical and ethical issues related to the conduct of business. We start by focusing on corporate agency and decision making in business. We will look at the rights and responsibilities of corporations and their employees, as well as the obligations of corporations to protect the environment. We will explore the ethics of marketing and nudging, in connection with recent literature on cognitive biases. We will finish by looking at ethical issues involving the role of technology and data in business.
Ethical Theory and Business, by Tom L. Beauchamp, Norman L. Bowie, and Denis G. Arnold (Prentice Hall)
One essay and one examination.
Week 1: The scope of business: Markets and their moral limits
Week 2: Corporate agency
Week 3: Managerial decision-making, cost-benefit analysis and moral theory
Week 4: Workplace democracy, unions and worker's rights
Week 5: Non-compliance and whistle blowing
Week 6: Environmental responsibility
Week 7: Marketing and cognitive biases
Week 8: Nudging
Week 9: Privacy, data ownership, and data protection
Week 10: Business decisions and big data
Week 11: Bias and machine learning
Week 12: Explainable artificial intelligence