MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics (8)

Ethical leadership is crucial for organisation wide ethical behaviour. This subject advocates the inclusion of ethical and social responsibility themes into strategic planning and policy-making processes, as well as modelling and coaching ethical leadership behaviour. The subject aims to support students to develop a critical engagement with ethical frameworks commonly used in contemporary business. Ethical decision making and questions of corporate social and environmental responsibility are also examined.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and discuss deficiencies in ethical leadership in the past and build a more robust concept of what ethical leadership needs to incorporate in the future;
  • be able to critically analyse and propose an argument on why ethical norms and values should or should not guide leadership decisions;
  • be able to critically evaluate organisational culture and the influence of ethical leadership on this culture;
  • be able to identify and explain a range of ethical decision-making tools that leaders can utilise when faced with moral dilemmas; and
  • be able to evaluate diversity in a changing society and explain the impact corporate policy and culture can have on stakeholders and the environment.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to ethical leadership
  • Ethical leadership behaviour
  • Ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • Incorporating ethical leadership into business
  • Ethical decision making
  • Ethical codes of conduct
  • Unethical leadership behaviour
  • Consequences of unethical leadership
  • Ethics and corporate governance

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGT594 in Term 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assignment 1 early engagement quick quiz
Ethical perspectives and leadership styles
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.