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Business Ethics

This course will help you define your ethical framework to make solving ethical dilemmas easier

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Do you know what to do if an ethical issue arises in your workplace? In this course, discover why ethics are valuable in the business environment, and gain tools to help you make better decisions and to react to ethical dilemmas.  

This course will not provide you with an easy way to solve every ethical decision you will ever have to make.  It will, however, help you define your ethical framework to make solving those dilemmas easier.  Learners will employ effective critical thinking strategies through example case studies on ethical decision-making.

Ongoing professional development in the area of ethics and business conduct is a skill every engineer needs. Additionally, the PDHs and CEUs in this course will enable Professional Engineers to earn a certificate and meet requirements for state professional engineering (PE) license renewal.  
By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Explain the difference between ethics, values, and morals
  • Identify your values and moral principles
  • Identify ways to improve ethics in your office
  • Develop an office code of ethics
  • Avoid ethical dilemmas
  • Employ tools to make better decisions
  • Recognize common ethical dilemmas  

Who should attend?
This course is for engineering professionals of all levels and disciplines. 


I.  Course Overview
II. What are Ethics

  • Defining Ethics and Morals
  • The Gray Area

III.  Taking Your Moral Temperature:  Part One

  •   Case Studies

IV.  Why Bother with Ethics?

  •  Ethical Behavior

V.  Kohlberg's Six Stages

  • The Six Stages and Three Levels Part One
  • The Six stages and Three Levels Part Two
  • Different Levels for Different Situations
  • Identifying the Stages Scenarios

VI.  Some objective ways of looking at the World

  •  An Introduction to Philosophy
  • Applying Philosophical Approaches Scenarios

VII.  What Does Ethical Mean?

  • Case study

VIII. Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas

  •  Some easy strategies
  • Case Studies

IX.  Pitfalls and Excuses

  •  Common Pitfalls

X.  Developing an Office Code of Ethics

  • Are you ready?
  • Sample Code of Ethics
  • Making Connections
  • Your Code of Ethics

XI. Ethical Issues for Business

  • Fundamental Ethics Issues for Business
  • 22 Keys

XII - Basic Decision-Making Tools

  • The Three Phase Model
  • The Problem-Solving Model
  • Another Perspective
  • Phase One, Two, Three
  • Solution Planning Worksheet
  • The Problem-Solving Toolkit

XIII.  Ethical Decision-Making Tools

  • Three Types of Tools
  • Advanced Processes
  • The Potter Box
  • The Kidder Process
  • Case Study

XIV.  Dilemmas with Company Policy

  • Common Dilemmas
  • The Third Option

XV.  Dilemmas with Coworkers

  • Potential Dilemmas
  • Case Studies

XVI - Dilemmas with Clients

  • Potential Dilemmas
  • Case Studies

XVII - Dilemmas and Supervisors

  • Dilemmas with your Supervisor
  • Dilemmas as a Supervisor

XVIII - What to do when you Make a Mistake?

  •  Six-step Plan

XIX - Taking your Moral Temperature:  Part Two

  •  Case Studies

XX - Personal Action Plan

  • Starting Point
  • Where I want to Go
  • How I will get there

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