Leading an Ethical Business online program

Course starts 27 January 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
19 January 2021
Course Starts:
27 January 2021
6 weeks, excluding orientation
6–8 hours per week, entirely online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
Yale School of Management Executive Education


According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, none of the four societal institutions that the study measures — government, business, NGOs and media — is trusted by the American workforce, despite a healthy global economy and at-capacity employment at the time of polling.1 By responding to the demand for higher accountability in the workplace, companies can be conscious of the kind of impact they are having on all aspects of society, including economic, social, and environmental, and promote trust in their markets.

The Leading an Ethical Business online program from Yale School of Management (SOM) Executive Education examines how global institutions and leaders can embrace a new way of building trust: by balancing competence with ethical behavior. With a focus on how corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives help leaders and organizations make better decisions and navigate the complexity of today’s modern business environment, this six-week program explores the ethical foundation of a corporate social responsibility framework, and appropriate methods for overcoming conflicts of interest. You’ll explore the business and ethical challenges a company might face when implementing CSR programs, discover how to avoid and overcome conflicts of interest, evade hiring biases, and recognize corruption and how to act upon your values at work. The program culminates in an understanding of the cost of ethical behavior, and the resources to define and align your values in a business context.

1 Edelman (2020).

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What will set you apart

On completion of this program, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to translate your individual values into tangible business outcomes
  • Effective ethical frameworks, tools, and case studies to positively impact teams and stakeholders
  • Ethical leadership skills to navigate complexity and uncertainty in today’s business environment
  • An understanding of the legislative requirements needed to implement corporate social responsibility programs in your organization
  • Access to the exclusive Yale School of Management Executive Education group on LinkedIn.

Is this program for you?

This program is relevant to all managers, business leaders, and decision-makers who need to be aware of issues around values-based business practices to decide whether or not, and how to promote a positive impact in their sphere of influence. For anyone managing corporate social responsibility initiatives in teams, the program offers an enhanced understanding of CSR frameworks. For nonbusiness leaders or anyone intent on embracing the foundations and opportunities of CSR initiatives, the program explores the ethical challenges a company might face, and how to ensure processes are met and effective measures enforced. Additionally, those in the government and legal professions tasked with upholding and implementing effective ethical standards and processes will benefit from the insights gained on this program.

Course curriculum

Develop your ability to define and align your values in a business context as you work through the weekly modules of this online program.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Tying your values to corporate social responsibility
  • Module 2 The challenge and opportunities of CSR programs
  • Module 3 Conflicts of interest and how to overcome them
  • Module 4 Unbiased hiring: Techniques to ensure the right people are hired
  • Module 5 Understanding corruption: White collar criminals and their whistleblowers
  • Module 6 Putting a value on your values

Your Program Convener

The design of this online program is guided by the Yale SOM faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the program.

Daylian Cain

Dr Daylian Cain

Senior Lecturer in Negotiations, Leadership, and Ethics, Yale School of Management

Dr Cain's research focuses on judgment and decision-making, and behavioral business ethics. He is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the obstructive effects of disclosing conflicts of interest, and how to turn altruism on and off. Notably, Cain’s research has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, USA Today, the New York Times, and other top media outlets such as NPR. Cain has won national teaching awards and has also appeared as a commentator on National Geographic’s popular TV show, Brain Games.

Earn a certificate of participation

Get recognized for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of participation from the Yale SOM Executive Education.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a Yale SOM Executive Education certificate, you will need to meet the requirements outlined in the program handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the program.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 27 January 2021.

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