Business Ethics in Management Consulting


Course Objective

Academic and Research Skills:
Be able to explore academic debates in ethics, applied to consultancies
and individual consultants.

Knowledge of Theory + Methods and Solving Complex Problems:
Be able to evaluate the applied methods in studies on normative ethical
questions in consulting, and able to do own research on such questions
based on interviews or content analysis and conceptual analysis.

Professional Social Skills:
Be able to suggest action when moral dilemmas occur in the context of

Horizon Beyond Professional Area:
Be able to relate to stakeholder interests beyond your interest as
consultant in person, the consultancy you work for, or the client you
work for.

Self-Reflective Professional:
Able to self-reflect on ethical dilemma’s related to consulting, that
you have experienced during the master program.

Course Content

The course business ethics in MC aims at writing an essay on the ethical
implications of violating one of the key principle in the code of
conduct for Dutch consultants. The lectures address different ethical
issues consultants may encounter and in the seminars we explores ways
consultants act on them. After this course students should be able to
understand where these issues originate from, and how consultants and
consultancies can respond. It thus prepares students for the ethical
challenges that await them, and helps with finding ways to act on them.
One way to act on them is by preparing a blog for the journal M&C, to
put an ethics issue of particular interest on the agenda.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and workgroups

Method of Assessment

Essay and presentation

Entry Requirements

We begin the course with reactivating and pre testing your general
knowledge on ethics. You can acquire the required knowledge based on
M.J. Sandel (2010), Justice: What is the right thing to do? New York:
FSG, (see also his weblectures) or by reactivating your knowledge from a
relevant course on (business) ethics in your bachelor program.


Articles. For more details see course manual on Canvas.

Recommended background knowledge

Courses from periods 1-3 in master programme MC

General Information

Course Code E_BA_BEMC
Credits 3 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. O. Bouwmeester
Examiner dr. O. Bouwmeester
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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