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Business and Workplace Ethics in the Fashion Industry

Explore the importance of company values and corporate culture and how this affects employee productivity.

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Delve into corporate culture

Every organization has a unique set of beliefs, ethics, attitudes, and personality. This means that each company has its own corporate culture, something that is vital to establish to ensure every employee knows the core values and vision of the organization.

On this four-week course from Bloomsbury Academic and authors V. Ann Paulins and Julie L. Hillery, you’ll delve into corporate culture to understand what it is, how it affects business decisions, and how it can be used to promote productivity and a positive company image.

Understand how corporate culture affects job satisfaction

As you explore the role of corporate culture, you’ll understand how it influences the workplace environment, employee satisfaction, and productivity.

You’ll be able to explain the factors that affect corporate culture, and how these in turn affect job satisfaction.

Discover the importance of company values

With a firm understanding of corporate culture, you’ll explore the importance of company values.

You’ll evaluate how a company mission statement reflects the company values and corporate culture, and identify the relationship between corporate culture and corporate social responsibility.

With this understanding, you’ll be able to explain how these practices affect decision-making within a business.

Explore ethics in the workplace relating to fashion and retail

Finally, you’ll identify the role of ethics in the workplace. You’ll explore how ethical decisions can affect workplace positivity and productivity and start to unpack the variety of ethical workplace issues relevant to the fashion and retail industry.

With this knowledge, you’ll learn how to approach workplace ethical dilemmas to achieve appropriate and optimal outcomes.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Corporate culture: Part 1

    • Course welcome

      In this activity, you will be introduced to the content that will be covered during this course. You will also get an overview of the topics covered during the first week of this course.

    • Corporate culture

      In this activity, we will learn about corporate culture, the modern trends associated with it, and ethics pertaining to corporate culture.

    • Company mission and vision

      In this activity, we explore what makes a good mission and vision statement for a company.

    • Making decisions that involve workplace environment

      In this activity, we look at some specific factors companies consider in setting policies and wages, which ultimately define their corporate culture and the work environment.

    • Environment of the workplace

      The focus of this activity is how the environment at any workplace is affected by many factors including the interaction among employees, the physical workspace, and employee perks.

    • Week wrap up

      In this activity, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge of the topics covered during the week. You will also be provided with a summary of the week's learning, and some insight on what to expect in the new week.

  • Week 2

    Corporate culture: Part 2

    • Weekly welcome

      Moving into the second week of this course, this activity will give you an overview of the topics that will be covered during this week.

    • Ethical responsibilities to others

      This activity focuses on the ethical responsibilities we as humans have towards one another and all living things, particularly ethics in the news and industry.

    • Fashion and the environment

      The focus of this activity will be ethical responsibility and issues in the natural environment and methods in which we can preserve and pioneer human and environmental causes.

    • Policies governing vendor behavior and relationships

      This activity will focus on policies governing vendor behavior and relationships, here will explore inhumane working conditions in some of the vendors of some high-profile companies.

    • Real-world cases

      In this activity, we focus on case studies which provide insight into sustainable practices, positive work environments, and how this culture is created.

    • Week wrap up

      In this activity, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge of the topics covered during the week. You will also be provided with a summary of the week's learning, and some insight on what to expect in the new week.

  • Week 3

    Management, supervision, and workplace issues: Part 1

    • Weekly welcome

      Moving into the third week of this course, this activity will give you an overview of the topics that will be covered during this week.

    • Introduction to ethical behavior at work

      This activity examines the challenges facing young professionals as well as the many ethical issues the corporate world will introduce.

    • Corporate codes of ethics

      In this activity, you will learn about the code of ethics developed by major retailers and the important role it plays in providing guidelines to employees around making ethical decisions and behaviors that are forbidden.

    • Week wrap up

      In this activity, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge of the topics covered during the week. You will also be provided with a summary of the week's learning, and some insight on what to expect in the new week.

  • Week 4

    Management, supervision, and workplace issues: Part 2

    • Weekly welcome

      Moving into the fourth and final week of this course, this activity will give you an overview of the topics that will be covered during this week.

    • Current issues in workplace ethics: Part 1

      This activity explores two of the major workplace issues that still continue to be at the forefront today: workplace bullying, and sexual harassment.

    • Current issues in workplace ethics: Part 2

      In this activity, we explore the third major workplace issues that still continue to be at the forefront today, namely appearance/weight issues.

    • Real-world cases

      In this activity, we look at a case study to learn how unethical behavior can occur at all levels of a company for a substantial period of time, without anyone reporting it.

    • Course wrap up

      In this activity, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge of the topics covered during the week. You will also be provided with a summary of the week's learning, and some insight into other courses in this series.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what is meant by corporate culture, explain the factors that affect corporate culture and how this affects job satisfaction
  • Evaluate how a company’s mission statement reflects the company values and corporate culture
  • Identify the relationship between corporate culture and corporate social responsibility and explain how these practices affect decisions made within a business
  • Identify how corporate culture influences workplace environment, employee satisfaction, and productivity
  • Describe how corporate culture influences consumers’ images of companies
  • Discuss the variety of ethical decisions that affect workplace productivity and ethical decisions that affect workplace positivity
  • Identify a variety of ethical workplace issues relevant to the fashion and retailing Industry and ways to approach workplace ethical dilemmas to achieve appropriate and optimal outcomes

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in organizational culture. Though the examples are relevant to the fashion and retail industry, this course will be useful for anyone interested in learning more about corporate culture and its role in the workplace.

Who will you learn with?

I lead a team of content experts who work with educators to create, develop and deliver high quality and inspiring content that changes lives.

Who developed the course?

Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes.and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names.

Fairchild Books

With a history stretching back over more than 100 years, Fairchild Books is a world-leading publisher in the fields of fashion and interior design.

FutureLearn

FutureLearn is jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group and has been providing online courses for learners around the world over the last eight years.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

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