115-0403/01 – Business Ethics (PODET)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of ManagementCredits4
Subject guarantorPhDr. ThDr. Lucjan Klimsza, PhD.Subject version guarantorprof. PhDr. Jiří Bláha, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2008/2009Year of cancellation2012/2013
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
BLA18 prof. PhDr. Jiří Bláha, CSc.
CER0037 PhDr. Ing. Martin Černek, Ph.D.
SRA058 Ing. Anna Krausová
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Part-time Credit and Examination 12+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

1. To explain importance of Business ethics and Corporate social responsibility. 2. To explain main terminology of Ethics. 3. To explain history and development of Business Ethics. 4. To identify resources of ethical consideration. 5. To consider tools of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. 6. To argue knowledge in selected ethical subject and ethical problem decision.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Other activities


The main aim of the lectures is to introduce the discipline of Applied Ethics to the students of Management. The lectures will focus on the key concepts of ethics and explore the main schools of ethics across the history of western society. The key terminology and categories of ethics will also be explained. The most important aim of the subject is to promote relations between the theory of ehics and the issues of economic development. The goal of the subject is the development of critical thinking in the area of ethics, understanding ethical dilemmas in global business. The benefits for students consist in the practical demonstration of how to join theoretical knowledge with practice in real business.

Compulsory literature:

ARAGON, A. George. Financial Ethics. A Positivist Analysis. Oxford: Oxford Univeristy Press, 2011. 135 p. ISBN 978-0-19-53056-8. COLLINS, Denis. Business Ethics. How to Design and Manage Ethics Organizations. Hoboken: Wiley, 2012. 406 p. ISBN 978-047063994-8. KLIMSZA, Lucjan. Business Ethics. Introduction to the Ethics of Values. London: Ventus Publishing, 2014. 88 p. ISBN 978-87-403-0690-3.

Recommended literature:

ARVIDSSON, Adam and Nicolai, PEITERSEN. The Ethical Economy. Rebuilding Value After the Crisis. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. 186 p. ISBN 978-0-231-15264-8. BECKERMAN, Wilfred. Economics as Applied Ethics. Value Judgements in Welfare Economics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 269 p. ISBN 978-0-230-27836-3. COLLINS, Denis. Business Ethics: Best Practices for Designing and Managing Ethical Organizations. 2nd ed. London: SAGE, 2018. 608 p. ASIN B07883JFS4.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

Basic knowledge of management.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Definitions (ethics business ethics, specifics of business ethics) -ethic to economics and law -basic of ethic of ethical reasoning 2. Fundamental ethical category – values, good and evil - ethical values of managers - influence of values at the behavior - values of successful managers 3. Factors that affect ethical conduct. Organization culture. - whistle – blowing - ethical decision making 4. Corporate social responsibility and responsibility of managers 5. Ethics in multinational companies - respecting cultural differences 6. Development tools of ethical conduct - ethical codes, ethics training, stakeholders, the role of ombudsman 7. Skills for ethical conduct - development possibilities and limits of ethical conduct

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 1960/1961 Summer semester, validity until: 2011/2012 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Exercises evaluation Credit 35 (35) 0
                Project Project 25  0
                Other task type Other task type 10  0
        Examination Examination 65 (65) 0
                Written examination Written examination 65  0
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2012/2013 (N6208) Economics and Management (6202T049) Accounting and Taxes (02) Účetnictví a daně K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2010/2011 (N6208) Economics and Management (6208T020) Business Economics (02) Business Economics K Czech Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory study plan
2010/2011 (N6208) Economics and Management (6208T020) Business Economics (02) Business Economics K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (N6208) Economics and Management (6208T020) Business Economics (02) Business Economics K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2008/2009 (N6208) Economics and Management (6208T020) Business Economics (02) Business Economics K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan

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