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Cultivating Ethical Company Culture

  • Competitive Advantage By Ethical Decision Making

    This ethics training program provides instruction on the psychological biases, organizational pressures, and situational factors that can cause even the best of us to err. The courses provide a foundation in behavioral ethics education to enable both individual employees and entire organizations to become more adept at spotting ethical issues before they arise or blow-up.

Benefits

Most people have worthy intentions and want to do good work. Yet even the best people can be better at making difficult decisions and spotting ethical issues if they have greater ethical awareness. Social and organizational pressures, situational factors beyond our control, and even our own thinking can lead us astray, distracting us from seeing the ethical dimensions of a situation clearly.

 

  • Enable Individuals & Groups to Make Better Decisions
  • Protect Organizational Reputation
  • Avoid Common Ethical Traps
  • Recognize and Overcome Biases
  • Create a common language around ethical conduct
  • Deepen the integration of core values across the organization
    • Employers gain the opportunity to help prevent lapses in judgement related to strategic and operational execution. This is mission critical for organizations generally, and especially for compliance-centric industries. By creating awareness of the importance of ethical behavior in a company’s culture and decision making process, firms can reinforce the importance of adhering to, and using, the company’s value system to help protect the company’s reputation from the unintended or unethical actions of an individual or team.
    • Employees gain professional training in behavioral ethics that can empower them to take individual responsibility and communicate their concerns to company leadership. This training is especially helpful to managers so that they become aware of the subconscious biases, pressures, and seemingly benign situations that can put employees at risk for acting without proper reflection or integrity.
  • Lessons learned through this program can help companies become more adept at dealing with the ethical dilemmas that are an inevitable part of doing business in today’s complex global environment

Enrollment Options

  • Individual Enrollment

    Enroll in this self-paced online course as an individual for $275.
  • Group and Custom Enrollment

    Enroll as a team, or customize this program for your organization.

Upcoming Sessions

Class Details

Leadership & Management

Date

On Demand

Instructors

Cara Biasucci

Robert Prentice

Location

Online

Cultivating Ethical Company Culture

Leadership & Management

Click here to enroll via Instructure

Date

On Demand

Instructors

Cara Biasucci

Robert Prentice

Location

Online

Class

Concentration

Date

Location

Instructors

Cultivating Ethical Company Culture

Leadership & Management

On Demand

Online

Cara Biasucci

Robert Prentice

Click here to enroll via Instructure

Course Details

Topics

The following topics will be covered in this course:

  • Moral Illusions
  • Rationalizations
  • Conformity Bias
  • Obedience to Authority
  • Role Morality
  • Ethical Fading

 

Overview

Short, engaging, research-based videos explain the most common behavioral ethics biases and pressures in accessible terms. Current case studies explore behavioral ethics in real-world settings and give context to these concepts through recognizable situations. Multiple choice questions reinforce and test learning. The program builds knowledge through successive courses for a complete overview of this cutting-edge ethics and leadership training. This two-part course is delivered in an online format, accessible from any laptop or mobile device. The training program is modular in format, with digestible 15-20 minute topics, designed to be used within large or small companies, or by individuals. The program includes a grading system to monitor employee completion plus discussion questions that are ideal for small group or team dialogue. This course can be customized to include company branding or leadership introductions to better convey the importance of ethics to your company and its mission.

The program is brought to you in partnership with Texas McCombs’ Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Course One – Introduction to Behavioral Ethics

You will learn the fundamentals of behavioral ethics, including how emotions influence our decision making, how the framing of a situation shapes our subsequent decisions and actions, why small slips in ethical behavior are dangerous, and the ways in which our tendency to be self-serving can interfere with our better judgment.

 

Course Two – Advancing Integrity in the Workplace

This course further develops your understanding of behavioral ethics so you are more aware of the ways in which your brain can fool you in the moral realm. You will learn about some of the most common biases in the workplace, as well as gain insights into how your brain really operates when it comes to thinking about ethical issues. By becoming aware of the influences described by behavioral ethics research, you can be on the lookout for these potential pitfalls and limit the harmful impact they can have on your choices and actions.

 

Building on the fundamentals of behavioral ethics from Course One, you will learn about moral illusions, rationalizations, and ethical fading. You will also become familiar with the biases often expressed in organizations, such as our tendency to obey authority and to unconsciously adjust our moral compass depending on our role.

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Who Should Attend?

It's no secret that a strong leader can make or break an organization. This course is appropriate for anyone who wants to become a more influential leader, including:

 

  • Executives and high-level managers in leadership roles
  • Professionals responsible for affecting change and driving new initiatives
  • High-potential individuals who will assume greater responsibility within their organization

 

Companies frequently send pairs of individuals, and small teams to this program, as they try to launch and lead new initiatives within their organization. Please contact us if you are interested in sending three or more participants to this program.

 

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Why Take This Class?

Instructors

  • Cara Biasucci
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    Cara Biasucci

    Director of Ethics Education, UT Center for Leadership and Ethics

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  • Robert Prentice
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    Robert Prentice

    Department Chair, Business, Government & Society

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  • Reimbursement Options

    Learn more about course credits and options for course reimbursement. Get tips on the best way to approach your manager and download a customizable template to facilitate making the ask.
  • Course Location

    In person courses take place at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center and adjoining Rowling Hall on the UT campus in Austin. These world-class facilities provide a comfortable and convenient learning environment, with direct access to the 40 acres of campus and within walking distance of downtown Austin. Live online and on-demand course options are available for many courses.

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Resources

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    Ethics at Work: Why Good People Make Unethical Choices

    Cultivating an ethical company culture is not just about hiring ethical people. Moral illusions can also come into play.
  • Deconstructing Rumors in the Workplace

    Although rumors are frequently associated with negativity, not all rumors are bad. By deconstructing them, it's possible to determine when to address or let them be.
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    Creating a Common Language Around Workplace Ethics

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