Institute of the Weltethos Foundation
at the University of Tübingen

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Management and Ethics

LecturerProf. Dr. theol. lic. phil. Peter G. Kirchschläger
Type of courseBlock seminar, Master’s course
Weekly hours per Semester2
Date / TimeFriday, 26.04.2024 09.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Saturday, 27.04.2024 09.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Sunday, 28.04.2024 09.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Location          Weltethos-Institut, Hintere Grabenstraße 26, 72070 Tübingen
PrerequisitesBachelor’s degree
Proof of performance
Active participation, presentation, term paper
3-6 ECTS
RegistrationTo register, please send an email including your name, date and place of birth, student number, and address to Please also indicate your major concentration and how many semesters of study you have completed.
Registration Deadline2024, April 19th
Maximum number of participants25


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In the VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity), management has to find the right path facing volatility, uncertainty, as well as complex and ambiguous environments. At the same time, ethics itself is highly complex due to the plurality of ethics and because it goes far beyond following rules and respecting norms. Managers need an even stronger basis of values, ethics and principles to work, partner and collaborate.

What should a manager do? What should a manager not do? Where can a manager find ethical orientation while struggling with these questions? Which ethical guidelines could inform a manager’s decision-making process? How can a manager assess if an action, a decision, or a behavior is fair to the own organization as well as to all parties involved? Which challenges to management ethics need to be mastered? How can these challenges be overcome from an ethical standpoint?

The seminar “Management and Ethics” will address these and similar topics. The learning outcomes for this seminar are:

• To enable participants to develop the skills to manage with a strong foundation of values, principles and ethics;

• To understand the requirements for an ethical justification of ethical values, principles, and norms;

• To apply the requirements for an ethical justification of their own values, principles, and norms;

• To enable participants to create a clear ethical management-approach at personal, team, and organizational levels.

Das Seminar kann für den Kernbereich der Module 1 und 2 des Zertifikats “Weltethos in Unternehmen und Organisationen“ angerechnet werden.