YJOA2140 Business and Leadership Ethics (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



• Ethics and leadership: academic disciplines and practical activities. Differences and interrelations among the concepts and phenomena of leadership ethics, ethical leadership, business ethics and organizational ethics. Types of ethical and unethical leadership.
• Moral philosophy, ethical theories and leadership practices. Use of ethical theories in analyzing cases of (un)ethical leadership and management. Implications of corporate social responsibility and stakeholder management to leadership and organizational ethics.
• Ethical problems in leadership and management. Contextual approach to the analysis of the problems. Whistle-blowing as an expression of civic duties in the work context.
• Business ethics and leadership ethics as instruments for building an ethical and decent workplace and ensuring organization’s sustainability. Implications of globalization to business and leadership ethics.

Completion methods

JSBE: Contact teaching course: Autumn term; 1st and/or 2nd period. The study methods of the contact teaching course are specified in the study program annually.

Open University: Contact teaching course (study methods will be announced in the annual study programme) or online course (study methods will be announced in the annual study programme) or book exam or essay

Assessment details

Accepted completion of the designated assignments. The assessment criteria of the course is specified in the study program annually.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will:
• know the concepts of ethics, business ethics and ethical leadership,
• know the principles of and instruments for building responsible business and understand the role of ethical leadership and management in promoting responsibility in and of organizations;
• be able to distinguish different ethical theories, critically reflect their principles and apply them in the analysis of leadership and management practices;
• be able to recognize unethical leadership and management in different contexts, distinguish their causes and consequences to the individual, organization and society;
• be able to propose well-argued solutions to ethical problems in business;
• reflect their own personality in the light of business and leadership ethics.

Additional information

At the Open University in Finnish or in English

Description of prerequisites

Basic Business Studies

Study materials

The materials are specified in the study program annually


  • Crane, A., Matten, D. (2010). Business Ethics: Managing Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability in the Age of Globalization, 3rd edition. Oxford: University Press.; ISBN: 978-0-19-956433-0

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item