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The Invisibility of Ethical Dilemmas

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2024
Juniorprof. Dr. Vera Linke
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

Decision-making dilemmas are omnipresent in companies. However, the corresponding choices are often only recognized as ethically questionable once they are scandalized. To better understand ethical predicaments in companies, this class adopts an organizational theory perspective onto ethics. What are organizational contexts in which ethical conflicts can arise? And what makes it so difficult to recognize these dicey decisions when no scandal surrounds them?

During the course, we will discuss

  • the normalization of (moral) deviance in organizations;
  • organizational thresholds for communicating about moral dilemmas;
  • the role of record-keeping and accounting in achieving or avoiding visibility.
Date Time
Friday, 19.01.2024 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 24.01.2024 11:30 - 15:15
Monday, 29.01.2024 11:30 - 15:15
Friday, 02.02.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 06.02.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Friday, 16.02.2024 11:30 - 15:15
Students will receive a list of readings shortly before the start of the course.
lectures, discussions, peer feedback
Written Work (80%)

Oral Participation (20%)

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