Brad Wendel joined the Cornell faculty in 2004 after teaching at Washington and Lee Law School from 1999 to 2004. Before entering graduate school and law teaching, he was a product liability litigator at Bogle & Gates in Seattle and a law clerk for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Wendel’s teaching interests are in the regulation of the legal profession and torts, and his research focuses on the application of moral and political philosophy to problems of legal ethics.
Social and organizational pressures combined with inherent human tendencies may help create organizational cultures that do not adhere to the ethical standards of society. In this course, you will identify a number of social influences on decision making. You will consider ways that a dysfunctional organizational culture may lead to wrongdoing. By looking into case studies and investigating real-world situations of ethical scandals at major companies, you will develop awareness and acquire guidelines for best practices in complex situations. Finally, you will apply what you have learned by identifying steps you and your organization might take to improve its culture and ensure that organizational decision making is ethical.
Key Course Takeaways
- Recognize social factors that may lead to biased or erroneous decision making
- Identify the formal and informal aspects of an organization's culture that can lead to wrongdoing
- Analyze business scandals to derive lessons about the impact of organizational culture on ethical decision making
- Identify ways to improve organizational systems to lessen the likelihood of a scandal
How It Works
3-5 hours per week
100% online, instructor-led
Who Should Enroll
- Business managers and leaders
- Founders and entrepreneurs
- Anyone looking to work effectively with legal professionals
- Professionals, particularly those working in highly regulated industries