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Spring 2022  ›  Bachelor of Science  ›  Bachelor of Science - 6th Semester  ›  General Studies

Ethics: Management based on ethical values - Business Ethics - the social and moral responsibility of corporate management

Course Code:
GEN306, GEN417
Prof. P. Dr. Paul Rheinbay
Course Type:
BSc Course General Studies
Week Hours:
Spring 2022
(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.)
The course will introduce students into different approaches of business ethics.Basic anthropological, philosophical and theological questions are discussed.Human values (human diginitiy, solidarity, subsidiarity, sustainability and justice) are worked out. Possibilities how these values could be taken into consideration in management decisions and what should be done in case of difficulties and limitations will be discussed. Based on stakeholder analysis ethical conflict cases and challenges are discussed and ethical principles are applied.

The case is to be submitted on15.03.17, max. 3 DIN A4 pages, max. 5400 characters including spaces

11:30 AM till 03:15 PM
Wednesday, 02/02/2022
11:30 AM till 03:15 PM
Friday, 11/02/2022
09:45 AM till 01:00 PM
The principal learning outcomes of this course are:

•to provide students with a broad and critical understanding of the relevance and importance of ethical values;

•to stimulate both appreciation and critical consideration of the postmodern human search for wellbeing and meaning of life;

•to allow students to reflect on their own experience, develop a personal ranking list of virtues and skills, according to the own understanding of spirituality;

•to prepare students for future roles, in which they need to take decisions with consequences for working place, employees and environment.

E. Göbel: Unternehmensethik. 3. überarb. Aufl. Konstanz / München 2013; P. Ulrich: Integrative Wirtschaftsethik, 4. Aufl., Bern u.a. 2008.


C. Nietsch - Hach: Ethisches Verhalten in der modernen Wirtschaftswelt, Konstanz / München 2014, A. Suchank: Unternehmensethik, Tübigen 2015; A. Sen, Ökonomie für den Menschen, München 2002; K. Stosch (Hg.): Wirtschaftsethik - interreligiös, Paderborn 2014; J. Wallacher u.a. (Hg.): Ethik in Wirtschaft und Unternehmen in Zeiten der Krise, Stuttgart 2011;M: Aßländer: Handbuch Wirtschaftsethik, Stuttgart / Weimar 2011; W. Korff u.a. (Hg.): Handbuch der Wirtschaftsethik, Bd. 1-4, v.a. Bd. 3, Gütersloh 1999.

Exam 75 %, case study 25 %