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The Legal and Ethical Context

Examine the legal and ethical issues facing companies operating in the global business environment.

The Legal and Ethical Context
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study8 hours

This course introduces you to some of the key legal issues facing companies operating in the global business environment especially internet law, corporate espionage as well as intellectual property rights such as copyrights, trademarks and patents.

The law alone does not fully prescribe what counts as appropriate business conduct. In order to be seen to be doing the right thing, many businesses go far beyond what is required by law.

This course therefore examines the ethical dilemmas of undertaking business in a global environment and the challenge of managing different expectations.

What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of legal issues in business
  • Competition law and corporate espionage
  • Internet law
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Business ethics and corporate social responsibility

What will you achieve?

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

  • Investigate the meaning, scope and nature of the legal and regulatory environment for global businesses.
  • Explore intellectual property rights in the global business environment and investigate how effective MNCs are in protecting intellectual property.
  • Explore the phenomenon of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and explore how it can be used as a source of competitive advantage
  • Explore business ethics, their role in international business and how they impact on decision-making

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people who want to move into business management. It will be of particular interest to those looking to progress into senior roles or those with an interest in developing new business ideas.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Richard Woodward is associate professor in international business at Coventry University.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry