Cultivating Ethical Company Culture

Creating Competitive Advantage Through Ethical Decision Making

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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.

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. 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.

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.

Topics Include:
  • Behavioral Ethics
  • Moral Emotions
  • Framing
  • Incrementalism
  • Self-serving Bias

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.

Topics Include:
  • Moral Illusions
  • Rationalizations
  • Conformity Bias
  • Obedience to Authority
  • Role Morality
  • Ethical Fading
  • Cultivating Ethical Company Culture

    Creating Competitive Advantage Through Ethical Decision Making

    Each topic is 15-20 minutes in length

    A 3 Hour and 30 Minute Ethics Program delivered in two courses over 11 topics

    This program is self-paced and on-demand.

    A Texas Executive Education Online Program offered in partnership with the Center for Leadership and Ethics


  • 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.

Additional Information

Prerequisites: None
CEUs: Participants earn 0.35 CEUs and/or 3.5 CPEs for this course.
Course Credits: 0.35

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.


Cara Biasucci

Cara Biasucci is Director of Ethics Education for the Center for Leadership and Ethics at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also Creator and Director of Ethics Unwrapped, an award-winning ethics video series and educational program used around the world by more than a thousand colleges and universities as well as in hundreds of companies and other organizations.

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Robert Prentice

Robert A. Prentice is the Ed & Molly Smith Professor of Business Law at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He came to UT in 1980 and is Founding Chair of the Business, Government & Society Department and Faculty Director of Ethics Unwrapped.

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