Stakeholder Management and Business Ethics module (BU52034)

This module will describe the key concepts and theories of stakeholder management, reputation management, and business ethics.

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The relationships between business, stakeholders, and society are complicated, and this module will allow you to better understand the main issues of stakeholder management. Understanding how to identify, analyse, and engage with individuals or organisations that are interested in, or are affected by, a business or project is crucial.

Effective stakeholder management involves:

  • understanding stakeholder needs, expectations, and concerns
  • building positive relationships
  • managing conflicts
  • ensuring long-term sustainability and success of organisations

Stakeholder management and business ethics are connected as ethical considerations and are essential to managing stakeholder relationships. Business activities can have a direct impact on the societal and environmental factors of stakeholders.

What you will learn

You will explore a variety of topics explaining the relationship between a business, its stakeholders, and society including:

  • applying stakeholder management
  • ethics, leadership, and toxicity
  • management's need to practice ethics
  • stakeholder management
  • managing corporate reputations
  • corporate responsibility and governance
  • organisational culture and ethical behaviour
  • ethical dilemmas and decision making
  • digital ethics, cybersecurity, and privacy

Within this module you will:

  • learn to analyse, evaluate, and synthesise theoretical approaches to developing and applying a stakeholder management approach
  • improve your ability to review and examine evidence of the social and economic value of stakeholders and their ethical aspects
  • develop knowledge and understanding of key theories in business ethics and stakeholder management

Assignments / assessment

The coursework comprises the following:

  • Group work of case analysis and presentation (30%)
  • Individual essay (70%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

This module combines traditional teaching and digital learning, through online lectures and in person tutorials by undertaking:

  • assigned readings and video
  • reflective tasks
  • short quizzes
  • collaborative group work
  • online discussion boards


This module is available on following courses: