MGT557 Ethics for Managers (8)

Ethical issues arising in business and professional life are addressed from the standpoint of western moral philosophy. Topics covered include the ethical limitations of the corporation under capitalism, appropriate conduct in the workplace, moral choices for employees, job discrimination, the crisis in the natural environment, social responsibility, and dilemmas facing professionals.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only for Australian Graduate Management Consortium (AGMC) students. Not available to students who have completed MGT531.

Subject Relationships

MGT531 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to compare and contrast the various theories that underpins values, morality and the main Western approaches to ethics;
  • be able to critically examine the decision making process within business in light of recent ethical dilemmas, corporate scandals and government conduct;
  • be able to appraise how leadership and decision making impacts on corporate social responsibility including sustainability; and
  • be able to assess and determine the impact of business and national cultures on ethical behaviour in organisations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature of morality
  • Normative ethical theories in the West
  • Justice and economic distribution under capitalism
  • Workplace ethics
  • Business and society
  • Competing with integrity in international business
  • Professions and professionalism
  • Personal, organisational and political morality

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.