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Complementary Skills Workshop 2024

1. Aug 2023

[WCGE] upcoming workshops WiSe 2023/24

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The doctoral program “Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business” offers the following workshops to doctoral students at MLU

MARKETS WITHOUT LIMITS (November 24, 2023 and January 18, 2024) by Prof. Dr. Ingo Pies, MLU

In recent years, prominent academics like Michael Sandel have criticized the tendency of markets to commodify human relations. They argue that some things should not be for sale, and they emphasize what money can’t buy. As a consequence, they call for limiting the extent of the market in modern society. In doing so, they argue from the vantage point of (ancient, Aristotelian) virtue ethics. This has prompted critical reactions, both from economists and philosophers. Recently, Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski devoted a whole book to repudiating and countering the numerous arguments by virtue ethicists. Their perspective might seem unfamiliar, and hence especially informative and surprising, which makes reading their book an intellectual event – irrespective of whether you agree with them or not. – This course introduces the moral debate and examines the political relevance of the topic:

Should kidneys be for sale? Should we legalize drugs? Should prostitution be prohibited? Should we restrict suicide assistance to not-for-profit organizations? Should we outlaw surrogate motherhood?

PHILOSOPHICAL ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP (January 11 and 12, 2024) by PD Dr. Lisa Schmalzried, MLU

To fill leadership positions adequately is a demanding task, and some managers are not able or willing to take up this challenge. This is a problem. Bad leadership is responsible for many economic, social, and also personal problems. It impairs a company ́s performance and its profits, demotivates and daunts employees, or leads to burn outs and depressions. Good leadership on the other hand stimulates innovations and creativity, fosters constructive problem solving, excites employees for new tasks and promotes their talents. The question what defines good and bad leadership is thus highly relevant.

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