Global Business Ethics

Discipline: Commerce
Instructor: Brown
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1300
End: 1415
Field Work: Day 2 - Sunday, 05 October | Spain Download Syllabus

This is a course in practical ethics that will be equally accessible to business students and students of philosophy.  We will build on the foundations of moral philosophy to address the moral dimensions of everyday business decisions.  Particular attention will be paid to the ethical complexities in cross-cultural and international business contexts.   Active student participation is required.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 2 - Sunday, 05 October

Spain is the third-largest wine-producing country in the world, just behind Italy and France and the wines are gaining an increasing market share in many countries around the globe. We will visit a winery which specializes in sherry and brandy production. Our goal is to learn first-hand about wine production and the associated ethical, environmental and sustainability issues facing the industry. After touring the facilities, we will meet with one or more managers to discuss their perspectives regarding the management of wine and sherry production with particular emphasis on ethical, environmental and social responsibility issues that face their firm. Academic Objectives:

  1. To apply concepts and theories covered in our Comparative Lens course to current ethical, environmental and sustainability issues facing firms in the wine industry.
  2. To gain insights from successful top managers in two different wineries regarding management and marketing practices with particular emphasis to their perspectives on ethical, environmental and sustainability issues.
  3. To produce a final written report that compares and contrasts important academic theories and concepts of business ethics and environmental sustainability with issues and practices facing top managers today in the wine industry.