Understanding Business Ethics: Decisions And Behaviours

24 Jan 2022 | (times tbc) | Online
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This online training course is essential for those wishing to think practically about business ethics. We help you to understand what business ethics means and to build the case internally for investing time and resources in promoting ethical behaviour.

Together, we look at what influences people's decisions - why good people might end up doing bad things - and we discuss practical ways in which your organisation can promote the desired behaviours.  A key feature of the course is the discussion of ethical dilemmas that will build your competence and confidence in addressing ethical challenges.

The course is based on good practice established through IBE’s research and expertise. It is designed to be interactive; we will provide plenty of opportunities for you to discuss and share ideas with us and your peers.

Key dates and times 

On-demand materials open from Monday 24 January 2022
Live session on Tuesday 08 February 2022, 14:00 - 16:00 GMT

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what business ethics is and why it matters
  • Understand how people make decisions, including possible biases
  • Know how to make ethical decisions and support ethical decision-making
  • Recognise ethical dilemmas and discuss them with colleagues
  • Understand the importance of ethical leadership.

At the end of the course, you can request a certificate of attendance.

Trainers

Prof. Chris Cowton

Associate Director (Research), Institute of Business Ethics

Guendalina (Guen) Dondé

Head of Research, Institute of Business Ethics

 

Further information

Who is this course for?

This course is particularly appropriate for:
•       Any manager who wants to understand how organisations can put ethical commitments into practice
•       Ethics ‘ambassadors’ (champions, liaisons, correspondents) who want to develop a wider understanding of business ethics from outside their organisation
•       Members of departments with responsibility for corporate ethics, especially if new to role

How will the course work online?

This course will run in two parts.

On Demand Training

In part one, you will work through the course materials via a restricted area of our website. You will have 24/7 access for two weeks  to complete the content. Each module includes video content, individual assignments and group discussions to complete and submit. You will also have links to supplementary material so that, if you wish, you can follow up on any topics in more depth. 

You can work through the materials at a time and pace to suit you. You will have the ability to go back and review the content within the set period detailed above and can learn on the go with mobile access. You will receive support from our trainers and events team within our usual office hours and have access to the UBE discussion board to engage with others.

Live Interactive Session

In part two, you will join our trainers and the other participants for a two-hour live online interactive session, which will provide an opportunity to discuss practical ethical dilemmas, learn more from the trainers and ask any remaining questions.  

How long will the course take to complete?

We estimate that the whole course (parts one and two) will take approximately 5½ hours to complete.

 

Booking guide

Prices of Jan 2022 UBE

All course rates will be increasing from 01 January 2022 – we encourage you to book now to secure 2021 rates.

2021 Rates

Regular prices:
•    £650.00 Standard
•    £550.00 IBE Supporters

However, we are offering a special early bird discount until 10 January 2022 23:59 GMT:
•    £550.00 Standard
•    £450.00 IBE Supporters

Prices include parts 1 and 2 of the online training course.

Payment in full must be received and cleared before the start of the training course (24 January 2022). We accept payment by credit/debit card via SagePay.

How to book training
To make a booking you will need to...
Register for a free online profile

To register for this training you will need to create an online profile, to do so please complete the registration form.

Once you have completed this registration form you will receive a welcome email to activate your profile. This process includes setting your password and selecting your mailing preferences in the first time login form. Setting up your profile will enable you to receive IBE newsletters, purchase publications, book events, as well as register for this training.

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If you already have a profile but cannot remember your password please request to set your password - you will then receive a link to do so via email. Once you have set your password you will be able to login and register for this course.

Please email events@ibe.org.uk if you have any trouble accessing, or setting up your profile.

What happens next...

Once you have booked a ticket you will receive your joining information. 

We look forward to you joining our online training, and we hope you stay safe and well. Please note that when attending our online training, your Health & Safety is your responsibility.

Cancellation policy
  • Cancellations must be submitted in writing to events@ibe.org.uk
  • Refund policy:
    • Cancellations received in writing more than one week before the course/event: full refund (any refunds will be made against the card used for purchase)
    • Cancellations received less than one week before the course/event: no refund
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute cancellation and the full fee will be forfeited
  • If you would like to transfer to a different course/event, we will be happy to help. However if you transfer less than one week before the course/event date, the full fee will be forfeit. You may only transfer once per booking. If you cancel after transferring, the fee paid will be forfeited
  • Substitutions may be made at any date
Chatham House Rule

To encourage frank discussion amongst participants and the open sharing of ideas and experiences, this event will take place under the Chatham House Rule.

This means that participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

 

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