Module: Ethical Leadership in Global Organisations

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Yaqub Murray
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

Within the context of the of the food and agribusiness sectors:

  • Leadership – transformational, ethical, distributed, and eco-leadership. 
  • Business ethics – theories of deontological and teleological ethics.  Ethical leadership and corporate governance in organisations in the international agri-food sector.  Moral and practical reasoning.  Contemporary perspectives in globalisation studies.  Theory and practice of corporate social responsibility.  Case studies that introduce ethical dilemmas in leading and organising in order to simulate ‘real time’ organisational complexity while providing students the opportunity to reflect on the nature of ethics in practice as well as in theory.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able, within the food and agribusiness context, to:

  1. Identify and evaluate the competencies required for ethical management and leadership in contemporary global organisations.
  2. Draw critical distinctions between a range of advanced theories of leadership.
  3. Analyse and differentiate major perspectives in globalisation studies.
  4. Demonstrate collaboration in the creative presentation of responses to ethical issues presented in case studies and team work challenges. 


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Collaborative Exercise 60%
Coursework Individual Learning Notes 40%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Driver, J. (2006) Ethics: The Fundamentals. London: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Grint, K. (2010) Leadership: A Very Short Introduction. London: Sage.
  • Jackson, B., and Parry, K. (2011) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting, and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership. London: Sage.
  • Western, S. (2009) Eco-Leadership. London: Sage.
  • Appelbaum, R., and Robinson, W.I. (eds.) (2005) Critical Globalisation Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Clapp, J., and Fuchs, D. (2009) Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance. MIT Press.
  • Fisher, C., Lovell, A., and Valero-Silva, Nestor (2012) Business Ethics and Values. London: Pearson. 

Supporting texts

  • openDemocracy – online ezine
  • Harvard Business Review
  • The Economist
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Organisation Studies
  • DVD and Film