Businesses and Leaders: The Positive Differences

Course Code
BA 200
3 hours
  • Fall 20
  • Fall 21

Businesses and Leaders: The Positive Differences --- Businesses and their leaders coexist with society and are both influenced by and influencers of societal issues. In this course, we explore the competing tensions of how business practices and leaders impact organizational performance as well as broader social outcomes across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. We will look at social issues that arise from business operations that result in threats to public goods and market failures; how societal issues create space for business opportunities; and the leveraging of corporate resources to solve societal problems that create values for stakeholders and shareholders. In addition to studying the role of business in society, this course examines personal and professional responsibility. This will entail students examining the connections between personal values, career goals, ethical decision making, and moral courage. Also, students will reflect upon their responsibilities and contributions to the Ross community and the business profession, and develop personal plans to guide their actions.

Taught By
Cheri Alexander
  • Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director Corporate Learning
  • Adjunct Lecturer of Management and Organizations
Cheri Alexander is the Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Education Department. She also...
Anant Nyshadham
  • Assistant Professor for Business Economics and Public Policy
I received a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and a PhD in Economics in 2012 from...
Ruth Eckhoff Onofre
  • LEO Intermittent Lecturer
Cathy Shakespeare
  • Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning
  • Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting
  • Associate Professor of Accounting
Professor Shakespeare's research focuses on the effects of the financial reporting process on the decisions of managers and capital market...