Organizational Ethics & Compliance (MSL)

Student Goals

Goal 1 (Compliance Acumen): Students understand why organizations have compliance and ethics programs, what are the standard elements of such programs, how to implement them, and challenges to implementation.

Objective 1: Articulate the value of effective compliance and ethics management to organizational objectives.

Objective 2: Identify the standard elements of compliance and ethics program management.

Objective 3: Apply those program elements to an organizational scenario by formulating a compliance and ethics program action plan.

Objective 4: Analyze the potential individual, organizational, and systemic challenges that may confront the action plan

Goal 2 (Leadership): Students exhibit leadership qualities of initiative and influence to ensure legal, compliance, and ethical dilemmas are appropriately addressed in the organization.

Objective 1: Students will be able to identify what needs to be done; create a plan of action including what needs to be done with whom and when; and launch the process.

Objective 2: Students will identify and engage the relevant sources of power with persuasive arguments that need to be utilized to influence decision, direction and action.

Goal 3 (Critical Thinking): Students demonstrate critical thinking skills within a legal framework.

Objective 1: Explore a specific business situation and identify legal risks and theories of civil liability.

Objective 2: Identify and articulate the relevant legal rules for civil liability.

Objective 3: Critically analyze the application of legal rules and policy decisions to particular business/legal issues.

Objective 4: Explain the advantages and disadvantages in a set of feasible implementation/action items pertaining to a particular business/legal issue.

Goal 4 (Ethics): When presented with an ethical situation, students recognize and describe the ethical dilemma, critically evaluate it in terms of stakeholders, organizational culture and the common good and offer an ethically defensible response. As measures of their ability in this regard, students perform satisfactorily on the objectives.

Objective 1: Explain the nature of the dilemma in an ethical situation, including factors that may have contributed to its occurrence.

Objective 2: Name the relevant stakeholders in an ethical situation and identify the legitimate interests, rights and duties of each.

Objective 3: Develop a set of viable options in a particular situation and discuss how these options impact and are influenced by the organizational culture and the broader community.

Objective 4: Develop an ethically defensible recommendation for action in a given situation, which considers the organizational culture and managerial implications.