シラバス Syllabus

授業名 Business Issues & Ethics
Course Title Business Issues & Ethics
担当教員 Instructor Name Kuok Kei Law
コード Couse Code GLP229_G22N
授業形態 Class Type 講義 Regular course
授業形式 Class Format Hybrid
単位 Credits 2
言語 Language EN
科目区分 Course Category 基礎科目100系 / Basic
学位 Degree MBA
開講情報 Terms / Location 2022 GSM Nagoya Fall

授業の概要 Course Overview

This course is connected to the University's mission of educating innovative and ethical leaders who can apply their knowledge and values to advance business and society.
By taking part in this course, participants will deepen their understanding of possible ethical issues embedded in business decisions. They can then make an ethically-sound judgement on what or what not to pursue by considering the impacts on different stakeholder groups involved in the business in general and the decision to be made in specific.
By taking part in this course, participants will be able to recognize moral issues in business decisions, analyze the benefits and harms brought by business decisions on different stakeholder groups, and devise strategies to respond to ethical dilemmas in businesses as well as measures to prevent unethical actions and behaviors from happening.

本授業の該当ラーニングゴール Learning Goals


LG1 Critical Thinking
LG2 Diversity Awareness
LG3 Ethical Decision Making
LG4 Effective Communication
LG7 Global Perspective (GLP)

受講後得られる具体的スキルや知識 Learning Outcomes

1. Ethical decision-making framework.
2. Stakeholder theory of the firm.
3. Methods of ethical reasoning.
4. Response tactics to ethical issues in business.

SDGsとの関連性 Relevance to Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 12 つくる責任、つかう責任(Responsible Consumption and Production)

教育手法 Teaching Method

教育手法 Teaching Method % of Course Time
インプット型 Traditional 10 %
参加者中心型 Participant-Centered Learning ケースメソッド Case Method 90 %
フィールドメソッド Field Method 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

学習方法、レポート、課題に対するフィードバック方法 Course Approach, Report, Feedback methods

Course prerequisites
Participants should allow at least 3 hours of preparation time per case.
A laptop computer is required for electronic distribution of handouts on the day of the class.

Preparation report
Please go through two background readings – (1) Ethical Breakdowns and (2) Ethical Decision-Making Theory: An Integrated Approach – and provide your viewpoint on: Good people often let bad things happen. Why?
Due: Before the class begins on Day 1.
Submission method: Please submit a short essay (no more than 1,000 words) to Google Classroom.
Feedback: Different viewpoints from course participants will be discussed in class.

Case exam
Case: Volkswagen’s Emission Scandal: How Could It Happen?
Assignment outline: Exam questions and further instructions will be distributed in class (Day 4).
Due: The in-class exam will last for 3 hours.
Submission method: Please submit to Google Classroom.
Feedback: Marked assessment rubrics will be returned to participants.

授業スケジュール Course Schedule


Small group discussion and class discussion.
Theme: Ethical issues with investors, suppliers, and employees.

WeWork: Oil Money and the Challenge of Achieving Carbon Neutrality (Publisher: WDI)
Global Sourcing at Nike (Publisher: HBS)


Small group discussion and class discussion.
Theme: Ethical issues with investors, suppliers, and employees.

Gender and Free Speech at Google (Publisher: HBS)


Small group discussion and class discussion.
Theme: Ethical issues with customers, the government, and the community.

JUUL and the Vaping Revolution (Publisher: HBS)
Fixing Facebook: Fake News, Privacy, and Platform Governance (Publisher: HBS)


Case exam.

Volkswagen’s Emission Scandal: How Could It Happen? (Publisher: INSEAD)




成績評価方法 Evaluation Criteria

講師用内規準拠 Method of Assessment Weights
コールドコール Cold Call 0 %
授業内での挙手発言 Class Contribution 50 %
クラス貢献度合計 Class Contribution Total 50 %
予習レポート Preparation Report 10 %
小テスト Quizzes / Tests 0 %
シミュレーション成績 Simulation 0 %
ケース試験 Case Exam 40 %
最終レポート Final Report 0 %
期末試験 Final Exam 0 %
参加者による相互評価 Peer Assessment 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

評価の留意事項 Notes on Evaluation Criteria

Preparation before class and active participation in both small group discussion and open class discussion are expected. The preparation report and the final report will be graded by the comprehensiveness and depth of the content. The final course grading will follow a forced distributed curve when the number of participations is larger than 10.

使用ケース一覧 List of Cases


教科書 Textbook

  • 配布資料

参考文献・資料 Additional Readings and Resource

Additional readings and videos will be distributed and shown in class.

授業調査に対するコメント Comment on Course Evaluation

Previous participants suggested to add more group discussion, structured debates, and allow some reflection time for learning after the class discussion.

担当教員のプロフィール About the Instructor 

Dr. Law is an Associate Professor in the area of management at NUCB Business School. He gained his PhD from City University of Hong Kong. His primary research interests include knowledge management and human resource management. His work has appeared in renowned international journals such as European Management Journal, Human Resource Management Review, and Journal of Knowledge Management. Two of his research work won best-paper and research awards in 2013 and 2016 respectively. At his current university, Dr. Law received Teaching Awards the academic years 2020/21 (Outstanding) and 2021/22 as well as Research Award for the academic year 2020/21.

(実務経験 Work experience)

Prior to joining NUCB, Dr Law worked at the Open University of Hong Kong, where he started his academic career and rose quickly from Assistant Lecturer to Lecturer to Assistant Professor during his nine years of tenure. He has extensive experiences in delivering business management courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as supervising research and dissertations.

Refereed Articles

  • (2023) What Is Next? The Longer-Term Managerial Challenges following COVID-19. Sustainability 15(18):
  • (2023) The effect of short-term performance fluctuations on long-term performance: evidence from the English Premier League. Team Performance Management 29(1/2): 1352-7592
  • (2022) Application of learning organization 2.0: a case study of Ricoh Ena Forest Japan. The Learning Organization
  • (2021) Online or Offline? Coaching Media as Mediator of the Relationship between Coaching Style and Employee Work-related Outcomes. Australian Journal of Management
  • (2020) Sustainable HRM: An extension of the paradox perspective. Human Resource Management Review

Refereed Proceedings

  • (2017). Knowledge appropriation, justice climate and performance management - A theoretical framework. Proceedings of the British Academy of Management 2017 Conference .British Academy of Management 2017 Conference. 1. 3. University of Warwick
  • (2016). Exploring employees' communication behaviors in knowledge sharing: A hierarchal perspective. Proceedings of the 81st Annual Conference of the Association for Business Communication .The 81st Annual Conference of the Association for Business Communication. 1. 3. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • (2016). Tacit knowledge management of firefighters: An exploratory study on the fire service department in Hong Kong. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific .The 8th International Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific. 1. 3. Ariston Hotel, Kobe