シラバス Syllabus

授業名 Business Ethics
Course Title Business Ethics
担当教員 Instructor Name Nigel Konrad Denscombe
コード Couse Code NUC403_N20B
授業形態 Class Type 講義 Regular course
授業形式 Class Format
単位 Credits 2
言語 Language EN
科目区分 Course Category
学位 Degree BBA
開講情報 Terms / Location 2020 UG Nisshin Term3

授業の概要 Course Overview

Business Ethics – Knowing when to do the right thing
“A set of concepts and principles in business enterprises that guide employees in determining what behavior helps or harms the values and goals established by the firm in the society in which it operates, and is in part implemented through the execution of good corporate governance and a clear corporate culture supporting ethical behaviour!”

Value Creation – Business is all about creating new value for the stakeholders in line with the priorities established by the firm's vision, vision, goals and objectives. Meeting those expectations is always hard, operating in a world with future uncertainty, and changing business dynamics. Decision-making in companies has always been challenging in deciding how to best meet reasons for a firm’s existence and fulfill stakeholder expectations. So conflicts and stakeholder friction have always existed at the basic level in just making decisions to lead the business in the “best way” forward for economic results. So much of the class discussions will be on usual management subjects like leadership, strategy, business models, etc.

Doing the right thing – But, management decisions cannot only be made in the context of the organizational cultural norms and strategic objectives established by the firms reason for existence. Such decisions must be made in broader society context by understanding what is the "right thing to do", and complications arise because the economic priorities of the firm might come into conflict with written/unwritten ethical rules in social setting where it operates. Minimizing and solving such ethical issues is a priority, but is not easy, given economic forces driving enterprises forward. So in addition to strategising about where companies should be headed, we will discuss about the conflicts between ethics and profits, and "doing the right thing" in a cross-border business context.

Business Ethics aims to tackle these issues in a cross-border context through focusing on the business issues and strategic motivations involved in home markets and cross-border expansion as well as the business ethics and challenges that our new emerging world requires. The overall goal of the course is to apply practical understandings in the real world, and not just as academic exercises in the class. To enable this, Business Ethics discusses some really interesting case studies like Google (China), IKEA (Russia), and NIKE (Global sustainability) as well as some firms in their home markets like India's Tata Group

Bottom line - So although the course is titled "Business Ethics, participants will learn/strengthen a lot of really useful business concepts from strategy to business models/value propositions, but we will apply a context for this, and that context will be "business ethics", especially on a cross-border business platform.

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

受講後得られる具体的スキルや知識 Learning Outcomes

Business Ethics is a pragmatic course designed to equip participants with useful knowledge/skills and a competitive edge in their future professional careers – especially in the global arena!
Business Ethics is about expanding global perspective, especially about contributing positively to the business community, and understanding how to exercise good business ethics. But the course aims to achieve these goals in the real world through up-to-date global and local business case studies that put business ethics at the center of competitive positioning and the value creation process. So in this context, Business Ethics should be thought as a critical core course learning area, controlling value creation.

SDGsとの関連性 Relevance to Sustainable Development Goals

教育手法 Teaching Method

教育手法 Teaching Method % of Course Time
インプット型 Traditional 0 %
参加者中心型 Participant-Centered Learning ケースメソッド Case Method 100 %
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

The course follows an active learning and participant-centered case study approach.
Each class day (Wednesday, Fall Term 3) follows the same format basically for Days 1-7*
-Learning slides on a business ethics cross-border topic
-Case discussion on that day's case study for the whole class
-Case discussion in small groups on specific case topics (and discussing outcomes with class)
-Wrap up with professor comments and suggestions

Traditional in the "Teaching Method" above means interactive lecture on various cross-border business ethics topics, followed by "application" of the concepts through the case studies (one per class day, although some may continue a bit into the following week).

授業スケジュール Course Schedule


Day 1: September 30

Case1: Going Global: Working in Jumandia


Day 2: October 07

Case2: Olympus (A)


Day 3: October 14

Case3: Google Inc.: “Figuring out how to deal with China”
*Optional Reference: Business Corruption in China


Day 4: October 21

Case4: IKEA in Russia – Ethical Dilemmas


Day 5: October 28

Case5: Volkswagen Group, 2020: its aggressive ambition


Day 6: October 31

TATA Group: Leadership with Trust


Day 7: November 02

Case7: Governance and Sustainability at Nike (A)

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 40 %
クラス貢献度合計 Class Contribution Total 40 %
予習レポート Preparation Report 20 %
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 0 %
最終レポート Final Report 40 %
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

To be added soon

使用ケース一覧 List of Cases


教科書 Textbook

  • Prof. Michael Sandel「“What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets” *Optional Reference」FSG books(2013)978-0-374-53365-6
  • Prof. Michael Sandel「"Justice: Whats the right thing to do?" *Optional reference 」FSG Books(2010)
  • Joseph L. Badaracco「"Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right* Optional reference 」Harvard Business Review Press(2016)978-1633692398

参考文献・資料 Additional Readings and Resource

To be added soon

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

To be added soon

担当教員のプロフィール About the Instructor 

Nigel Denscombe

Nigel is a new kind of “hybrid” businessperson standing at the intersection of two key roles: global manager/owner and business educator. This is why in 2001 he created a Tokyo/New York firm, Denscombe Corporation (www.denscombe.co.jp), to “bridge” business and education by providing strategic management solutions for repositioning/creating sustainable value propositions for corporate clients and business schools, and also by providing management education solutions for them as well.

On one side, he is a truly globalized Tokyobased BritishAmerican high valueadded management professional with a 30year successful track record of leading positive industry change and finding new value propositions.
At the same time, he is also an accomplished management educator who has created new business schools/repositioned existing ones and who also has taught a wide range of high valueadded management courses for Asian university business schools and corporate clients. In business education, as a management practitioner in the real world, his mission is to put “ business” back into business school and to
foster the global leadership required to take practical advantage of the great changes going on for sustainable corporate value propositions.

Everything Nigel teaches, he does (or has done) in the real world. This gives him a unique learning value proposition because, with his global management track record and wide business education teaching experience, he offers an unparalleled learning experience for all those participating in his management classes.
Before shifting his focus to Asia, Nigel had extensive management/owner experience in North America and Europe, focused on financial services, new business development, innovating markets and new market entry, and corporate strategy, especially restructuring and new value propositions.

Business Background (Significant Current/Recent)

Denscombe Corporation (http://www.denscombe.co.jp)
President/CEO, Capital Markets, Strategic Management Consulting, Business Education (Tokyo/NY)

CICOM Brains, Inc.
Cofounding team member/former director (Tokyo/Japan)

Denscombe & Co, Inc.
President/CEO, merchant banking/strategic consulting firm (NY/USA)

Bank of America NT & SA
Managing Director/Vice President, (New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City)

Bankers Trust New York Corporation
Assistant Vice President (New York, Mexico City, London/UK)

Harvard University Real Estate Investment
Financial Analyst (Massachusetts/USA)

Avon Corporation
Marketing Specialist – French marketentry team (London/UK, Paris/France)

Avesta Jernverks AB Steelworker (Avesta/Sweden)
Business Educator Background (Current)

Denscombe Corporation (Tokyo/NY)
Strategic Management Solutions: Capital Markets, Strategic Management Consulting, Corporate Education Solutions
*Core Lecturer, business education outsourcing business – Turnkey solutions for business schools and corporate inhouse
management training

International University of Japan, Graduate School of International Management (Niigata, Japan)
*Specially Invited Professor: Strategic Management, Global Marketing, Corporate Governance, International Management, Competing in Emerging Markets, New Frontier of Capitalism ASEAN

Business BreakThrough University (Tokyo, Japan)
*Professor: Casebased integrated business skill program in logical thinking, marketing, strategy and business planning

Waseda Graduate School of Commerce, ETP Japan (Tokyo)
*Lecturer: Business Plan, Financial Management, Japan MarketEntry Business Plan Mentor

GLOBIS University, PartTime
MBA Program (Tokyo)
*Lecturer : Marketing Foundations (2012/13)

Specialized Fields
Strategic management, change management, new market entry, business plan, entrepreneurship, marketing fundamentals, global marketing, emerging markets, corporate governance, international management, capital markets

Academic Background
UCLA, Business and Management of Entertainment (Extension, Los Angeles)
Harvard Business School, MBA in General Management
Harvard College, AB (Modern History)