Managing Integrity in Transactions

Academic Program: 
Course Description: 

This course approaches business integrity from a practical point of view. Drawing on the latest trends in supply chain management, human resources management and procurements participants will get acquainted with management tools that ensure integrity in these transactions. Integrity in business is not considered as a moral obligation but as a management option that business people can or cannot choose. The aim of the course is to present the strategic advantages of integrity tools in supply chain management, human resources management and procurement. Students will have the opportunity to develop integrity management tools for their own real or imagined enterprises that create competitive advantage in the market.

By the end of this course students will

  • understand global trends of integrity management
  • get acquainted with the consequences of loss of integrity
  • be familiar with techniques of ensuring integrity
  • understand how integrity can be a competitive advantage

in supply chain, human resource management and procurements.

Learning Outcomes: 

Interpersonal Communication Skills

During simulation games on the introduction of integrity management tools students will get acquainted with the vocabulary of business ethics as well as with leadership communication skills.

Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity

The understanding of integrity management in multinational business transaction depends on culture. Therefore it is crucial to consider cultural differences to deal with and apply the tools presented in this course.

Quantitative reasoning

Students will learn to support with quantitative arguments the application of integrity tools in managing business transactions.

Critical Thinking

Students will be expected to dispute and argue critically about already existing management solutions and integrity tools developed by fellow students.

Ethics and Responsibility

The course will present different solutions and tools to manage ethics in business life.

Management Knowledge and Skills

The course presents management practices of integrity in business transactions. Students` management knowledge will improve in the field of business integrity.


The course is assessed based on class participation, case presentation and individual assignment.

Course participation 30%

The course requires active participation of students since their personal business experience will be used to identify risks and solutions in business transactions. Furthermore, students are expected to critically review the tools developed by fellow students. Class participation, communication strength and active discussion will be evaluated.

During the course only two absences per student is allowed. Missing more than two classes will result in Administrative Fail (AF). Should you have problems of showing up or getting prepared please consult the professor so that the work of your fellow students is not hindered.

Presentation of cases 30%

Course participants are expected to present one case study per student to the rest of the group. Evaluation of presentation will consider the coherence of the case as well as the level of critical review of the case.

Assignment 40%

Students can choose a management topic (supply chain, human resource management or procurement) and will develop their own integrity tools throughout the course. Participants will discuss the concept of their presentation during the course with each other and the instructor. Participants will present the integrity tool developed at the last session. The tool will be discussed in class and will be evaluated by the professor. Evaluation criteria include: innovative approach, feasibility, and coherence.

Course active participation:         30 points

Team presentation:                        30 points

Individual assignment:                   40 points

Total:                                                    100 points