Short Program

Unethical decision making

Our Short Program

Have you ever wondered why some people are acting unethically? If so, you have probably answered this question thinking that there are bad people. Yet the reality is more complex and the power of organizational contexts can influence individuals through constellations of psychological factors that can lead good people to do bad things.

Short Course Unethical Decision Making HEC Lausanne


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5 Days (Online)

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2'200 CHF

This short program is a module of our Certificate in Ethics & Compliance (CAS)

Whenever we hear about ethical scandals, we tend to believe that unethical or illegal behavior in organizations is driven by the character deficiencies of individual actors. In other words, we simply assume that bad things are done by bad people (so called bad apples). However, numerous corporate scandals, associated with names such as Enron, Ford or Siemens, have shown that even people with a high level of integrity who are put into a deviant context might break the rules.


Good apples are rotten in bad barrels. In fact, and regardless of their good intentions and strong values, individual actors might adapt to the deviant practices of their respective organizational context and, over time, lose the ability to see what they are doing wrong. They become ethically blind. In this short program, we will develop the concept of ethical blindness and describes how individuals and organizations can be protected against related compliance risks.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the impact of the social context on decision-making using different theories (management, psychology etc).
  2. Assess the degree of risk of ethical blindness in organizations of all types (companies, institutions, etc.).
  3. Learn how to write, analyze and use ethical dilemma cases to help you or your organization to prevent unethical decision making.

Target Audience

  1. Compliance professionals who see the limits of the legal approach to compliance and want to go further.
  2. Risk managers who want to thoughtfully incorporate fraud and conduct risk in the remit of the risk function.
  3. Professionals who do not manage compliance on a daily basis, but are interested in managing organizational risk.

Online format

This program lasts 5 days in total and you will have during this week, several hours of teaching, several hours of coaching, personal work and discussions with our professors. Of course, and since the format is online, some people will be faster than others at achieving their goals.

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Conditions of Admission


We offer quality programs accessible to all professionals who have decided to develop new skills.


This short program requires your presence and participation.

Payment Terms


2'200 CHF

All expenses related to continuing education are, except in exceptional cases, tax deductible. Do not hesitate to contact the relevant organizations.

Discount (10%)

-220 CHF

A discount is offered for HEC Alumni contributors.

The Executive Education HEC Lausanne offers more than thirty continuing academic programs in various fields such as management, marketing, finance, corporate governance, ethics, data or personal development. As a result, and beyond this short program, we offer several other related programs that may also be of interest to you.

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