115-0403/05 – Business Ethics (PODET)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of ManagementCredits4
Subject guarantordoc. PhDr. ThDr. Lucjan Klimsza, PhD.Subject version guarantordoc. PhDr. ThDr. Lucjan Klimsza, PhD.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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KLI0213 doc. PhDr. ThDr. Lucjan Klimsza, PhD.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Part-time Graded credit 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.

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:

DESJARDINS, Joseph R. An introduction to business ethics. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2020. 304 s. ISBN 978-1-260-54808-2. FERELL, O. C., John FRAEDRICH a Linda FERREL. Business Ethics. Ethical Decision Making and Cases. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2019. 672 s. ISBN 978-1-337-61443-6. MELÉ CARNÉ, Domènec. Business Ethics in Action: managing human excellence in organizations. 2nd ed. London: Red Globe Press, 2020. 424 s. ISBN 978-1-137-60917-5.

Recommended literature:

COLLINS, Denis. Business Ethics. Best Practices for Designing and Managign Ethical Organizations. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2019. 608 s. ISBN 978-1-5063-8805-2. DUBBER, Markus D., Frank PASQUALE a Sunit DAS, ed. The Oxford handbook of ethics of AI. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. 896 s. ISBN 978-0-19-006739-7. SCALET, Steven. Markets, Ethics, and Business Ethics. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2019. 314 s. ISBN 978-1-138-58096-1.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Graded credit - written assignments, written test.


Other requirements

Basic knowledge of management.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1.Subject Ethics and Epistemological Foundations. 2.Fundamental Category of Ethics and the Other Source of Ethical Thoughts (Culture, Religion, Philosophy and Law). 3.The Fundamental Ethical School - Eudemonism, Hedonism, Christian Ethics, Deontology, Utilitarianism. 4.The Factors which Affected Ethical Decisions and Behaviour. 5.Axiology. Values of the Organization and Managers. The Ethical Models for Decision-making. 6.The Basic Instruments for Implementation of Ethics. Code of Ethics, Ethical Leadership, Ethical Training, Ethical Education, Ethical Ombudsman. 7.Ethical and Social Audit. 8.Corporate Social Responsibility, Concept and Development, The Stakeholders Theory. 9.The Real Possibilities for Implication CSR in the Area of Economy, in the Social Area and Environment. 10.Ethical Activities of Global Companies. The Caux Round Table, Global Compact, OECD a Sullivan's Principles. 11.Ethical Aspect of the Relationships in Work. Discriminations, Sexual Abutments, Bossing, Mobbing. 12.Corruption. Characteristic, Forms and Impacts on the Society. 13.The Concept of Ethical Managing of the Corporation. Corporate Governance, EFQM and Integrated manager's Systems. 14.Examples from the Real Economy. Work-Life-Balance.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Graded credit Graded credit 100 (100) 51 3
        Písemný test Written test 100  51
Mandatory attendence participation: Attendance at lectures is recommended.

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2020/2021 (N0413A050014) Economics and Management (S02) Management K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0413A050014) Economics and Management (S02) Management K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

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