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Learn how to analyze ethical dilemmas in the business world

Professional Certificate in
Ethical Decision-Making for Global Managers

What you will learn

  • How to analyze real-world ethical dilemmas using multiple frameworks, considering many possible choices, and selecting a “best choice” options
  • How to evaluate issues from the perspective of home and host government officials, corporate employees and managers, and civil society activists
  • How to evaluate, test, and strengthen one’s personal decision-making processes
  • How to apply analytical and policy development skills to coordinate international corporate social responsibility actions
  • How to conduct ethical risk assessments for new corporate investments

Global managers face increasing pressures from governments and civil society groups to go beyond traditional business roles for the sake of the common good. Ethical issues of human rights, labor conditions, and environmental impacts can pose serious policy dilemmas that involve difficult value choices and management decisions.

Should foreign companies try to influence a country’s domestic political process on issues such as democratic elections, religious freedoms, the treatment of indigenous peoples, or the domestic allocation of tax revenue? Should large international retailers enforce ethical practices for their foreign suppliers, such as requiring a “living wage”? Do international marketing practices manipulate vulnerable consumers into making inappropriate purchases or enhance their free choice of products?

This program consists of three courses that analyze questions of business ethics using actual cases from around the world. Drawing on established theory and ethical principles, the courses use normative criteria to evaluate “best choice” options for real-world ethical decision-making. The courses also promote awareness of the complexities facing global decision makers caught between competing national laws or cultural practices.

Expert instruction
3 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
7 months
3 - 5 hours per week
Discounted price: $483.30
Pre-discounted price: $537USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. GeorgetownX's Ethical Decision-Making for Global Managers Professional Certificate

  2. 3–5 hours per week, for 8 weeks

    Globalization has dramatically increased the influence of international corporations in political, economic, and sociocultural spheres. More than ever, global managers are faced with profound choices about their impact. In this course, you will analyze real-world ethical dilemmas using multiple frameworks and ultimately refining your own approach to ethical decision-making.

  3. 3–5 hours per week, for 9 weeks

    Labor and production standards, meant to ensure the safety of workers and consumers, are neither universally accepted nor always enforced. Where local governments fail to act, global corporations may receive pressure to step in. In this course, you will consider ethical questions about the role of international businesses in preventing harm abroad.

  4. 3–5 hours per week, for 9 weeks

    International corporations can trigger significant cultural shifts and environmental impacts. For example, when foreign corporations set up large mineral extraction operations in developing countries, both culture and environment are altered. Ethical concerns arise when manipulative marketing techniques are used to mislead foreign consumers, especially about potentially harmful products. In this course, you will consider the ethics of these types of global influence.

    • Global Business Managers
    • Corporate Responsibility Managers
    • Government Relations Managers
    • Public Affairs Managers
    • Corporate Ethics Officers

Meet your instructor
from Georgetown University (GeorgetownX)

John Kline
Professor of International Business Diplomacy
Georgetown University

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Program endorsements

The Hershey Company

In today’s corporate environment, topics like human and worker rights, climate change and women’s empowerment have moved beyond a conversation of CSR initiatives to one of material business importance. As managers and corporate leaders navigate the increasingly complex set of choices and tradeoffs in managing these global issues, having a clear ethical framework and purpose for guiding decision-making is critical. Ethical Decision Making for Global Managers offers real world examples of these scenarios, equipping students with the skills, decision-making tools, and moral aptitude for success in global business.

Whitney Mayer , Manager, Global Sustainability, The Hershey Company

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