MMM066-Ethics in International Management

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Kleio Akrivou


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is delivered at University of Reading UK. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary subject of Ethics (involving philosophy, organisational behaviour, management and moral psychology) applied in the context of International Management.


This module aims for cross-disciplinary learning of Ethics in International Management, to develop students’ awareness of philosophical and psychological ethics foundations and the role of context. It aims to make students reflect on the moral norms of international management, and the ethical choices to which they give rise and how business and society norms differ across different cultures and context but also what is universally good practice. This module aims to develop students’ awareness and a critical understanding of key issues, and dimensions which reflect relationships in business, government and in society and help develop ethical management stances and approaches.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Understanding the basic schools of ethical theory and universal principles of ethical reasoning in the theory and which help as universal ethical tools for management; learn to apply these in business and management cases, with a sensitivity to local context and needs.

The ability to construct and present a rigorous ethical argument applied in the context of business and management with an emphasis on international ethical aspects of firms.

The ability to apply knowledge in case analysis from a variety of ethical theories and angles.

An awareness of and a sensitivity for ethical ways of action in business and society.

Develop confidence for oral presentation and analysis skills in the subject- matter and develop capacity to debate and present a reflective analysis on the topic as part of a team project.

Additional outcomes:

Greater insight into a variety of topics that have a social, ‘ethical’ or moral aspect of business and the intersection of business, government and society in resolving ethical challenges with an orientation to the common good. Students should be able to discuss in depth both practical and theoretical issues relating ethics in business and society and ethical decision-making reflective analysis. The module may enable and habituate students in the personal development relevant to being an ethical manager engaged in international business relations.

Outline content:

The content, taught in an interactive way. Key theories taught involve philosophical and psychological foundations and key normative theories of ethics to inform a deeper and holistic understanding to the roles of  international management and their responsibilities avoiding unethical or corrupt practice, but also to enable wider ethical management beyond the narrow focus on compliance. The content includes working in teams and conversational analysis, reflection and debates through contact hours (lectures and tutorials), team and individual work.

Global context:

The module deals with international issues in the specific subject, and utilises global case studies or speakers giving a global or overseas perspective.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Interactive and experiential learning methods are involved in the teaching of this module.  Team work and feedback enforce the learning occurring through the contact hours, and all builds toward students’ preparation for the final assessment. Coursework based module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 3
Project Supervision 2
Demonstration 6
Practicals classes and workshops 5
Work-based learning 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 45
    Exam revision/preparation 35
    Peer assisted learning 14
    Preparation for tutorials 2
    Preparation for presentations 8
    Preparation of practical report 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 4
    Group study tasks 6
    Carry-out research project 6
    Essay preparation 10
    Reflection 14
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Report 20
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

The module is 100 percent based on coursework.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework 1: CW 1 is a group coursework and combines two elements as per above table (each marked separately but they are based on the same case for each group). Group oral Presentation and Written report. Each of these weighs 20 percent in the overall module mark (total cw1 weight is 40 percent). Due by week  29 (W10 of the spring term).

Coursework 2: One individual essay of 3,000 words with a weight of 60% in the overall assessment of the module. A 10 percent excess of the upper word limit in the word count of this coursework is permissible. Due by Week 31 (W12 of the spring term).

Formative assessment methods:

Each student group is invited to discuss their draft group presentation plan and receive formative feedback by week 28-29 (W9-10 spring term). Also when the groups present orally coursework 1 (group presentation) rich oral formative feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: 

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A weighted average mark of coursework of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

An individual essay of 3000 words (capped at 50 percent). A ten percent excess in the word count is permissible. Topics tbc by module convener.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):



1. Required text books

All readings and referenced books are provided online via our UoR TALIS electronic online reading listing system and the TALIS and Blackboard interface. Also the University electronic databases are to be used for retrieving extra literature teams or students may need to complete their coursework.


Library orders for the textbooks of this module are covering the registered student numbers. Therefore it is not normally required of students in this module to purchase textbooks. Students who wish to do so the costs of the key textbooks should be informed that the costs for each textbook ranges from £15 (which is the usual cost of the OUP textbook by Crane and Matten, to £137 which is the cost for the “Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability & Stakeholder Management” textbook by Jill Brown and Archie Carroll as this latter is a new book.


Students  may also look for used and second hand copies via Amazon and the prices vary from £5 to up to £60.

2. Printing and binding

All marking is done online so students in this module shouldn’t have any extra costs for printing coursework.

However if students wish to print their documents at their own costs the following apply:

1. Students can bind their work for free in the Henley Business School Library in HBS.

2. Multifunctional devices (MFD) which can print, copy or scan are available on the subject floors of the Library Building and on the Ground Floor of the URS Building. Send your printing from any PC and pick it up on any MFD across campus by logging in using your Campus Card.

Printing costs general information can be found via

Costs for are:

  • 5p for A4 black and white

  • 10p for A3 black and white

  • 30p for A4 colour

  • 60p for A3 colour


3. Computers and devices with a particular specification

The following, which are available on the Ground Floor of the URS Building:

145 PCs


Last updated: 25 July 2019


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