Business Ethics and Sustainable Management - BUSN7330

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Orie Miyazawa checkmark-circle


Business ethics and sustainability are central to contemporary management and thus this module will explore the following topics:
• History, definitions and timeline of society's view on business ethics and sustainability
• Cross-disciplinary approaches to ethics and sustainability
• Role of globalisation, policy and culture
• Ethics and ethical dilemmas
• Change Management, Values, Governance and Leadership
• Sustainable Business Models
• Social Innovation
• Partnerships and collaboration
• Responsible Supply Chain Management
• Environmental Assessment Frameworks and Sustainable Management in practice
• Sustainable Supply Chain Management
• Innovation and creativity
• The role and responses of Corporations, SMEs, Public and not-for-profit organisations


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group Presentation (20%)
Moodle MCQ Test (20%)
2 hour examination (60%)

Reassessment method:
100% exam.

Indicative reading

Crane, A and Matten, D (2016), Business Ethics: Managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalization, 4th Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Ferrell, O.C., Fraedrich, J. and Ferrell, L. (2017). Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases. 11th Edn. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning

Nicholls, A., and Murdoch, A. (2012), Social Innovation: Blurring Boundaries to Reconfigure Markets London: Palgrave MacMillan

Stanwick, Peter, and Stanwick, Sarah (2014), Understanding Business Ethics London: Sage Publications

Well, G (2013), Sustainable Business: Theory practice for Business Under Sustainability Principles Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc

Young, Scott T., and Dhanda, K. Kathy (2013), Sustainability – Essentials for Business London: Sage Publications

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- analyse the relationship between business and society over time
- understand the key principles of sustainability in business practice and be able to debate the main ethical, economic, social and environmental challenges faced by public, private and not for profit organisations
- compare and contrast different theoretical frameworks and paradigms, and apply to a range of contemporary challenges
- display knowledge of the relationship between ethical and sustainable management and organisational performance, behaviour, reporting and governance
- demonstrate analytical skills needed to develop, implement and assess sustainability frameworks in business practice

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate an ability to manage ethically
- generate solutions and address problems
- work with others
- present a logical case/argument
- let decision making be informed by analytical developments


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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