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Leadership, Management Strategy and Business Ethics

Summer School of Business, Economics and Management, Law, 10 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Law, public administration, public order and safety

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 3 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 1700 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 680 EUR


Over the last decade it became clear to many of those working in the business sector that we have several problems to solve in our economic system. Among the many different and important topics to consider, one is the ethical behaviour of the upper levels of management in big and medium-sized companies. A lot of scandals (Deutsche Bank, different companies in the clothing industry, Shell in Nigeria Volkswagen etc.) showed to professors, managers and students that we need a new and broader reflection about how managers act in business and how we can integrate ethical perspectives into our management style. My approach in these lectures is to integrate into a classical course about management strategy those ethical and human questions, problems and demands which, if left unaddressed, can create great challenges for handling a market (market cultivation). Wrong decisions by upper and top management can result in great problems which can also place the company itself in a precarious position, as we currently see, for example, in the case of VW. 

This course’s main goal is to present, discuss and practice different strategical methods and explore their theoretical background in business ethics. Since every level of management is shaped by its leaders, the focus of this course is on leadership.

The students will explore and connect different lessons from economic philosophy (Aristotle and Smith) with modern theories about management strategy and ethics in leadership. The course is divided into modules where the students will be introduced to business ethics and leadership in management. In these modules we will also investigate what we can learn from “old” authors. 

Through a dynamic pedagogical approach, this course combines theoretical introductions with case studies followed by individual and team exercises and discussion groups. In this way, we will discover together how to apply theory to practice and increase the excitement of learning. 

After taking this course, students should be able to perform the following with greater confidence and understanding:
  • Define and explain what ethics means in leadership
  • Articulate the valid claims of classical authors, and employ various techniques to promote ethical behaviour in the day-to-day business of a company
  • Evaluate intelligently and embody deliberately a system of values through a personal style of strategic management
  • Appreciate the competition between ethical behaviour and business or personal success

About the Degree

This is a summer course that counts 5 or 10 ECTS. 


  • You must be enrolled in a university programme at the time of the AU Summer University
  • If you are applying for admission to AU Summer University courses at the Master level, you must hold a relevant Bachelor's degree (or as a minimum 180 ECTS in your study programme
  • The application deadline is March 15th


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Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Jul 24


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