Ethical Leadership for Finance Professionals Online Business Certificate

Kelley School of Business

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Kelley School of Business


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inance professionals are charged to lead with the highest ethical standards. You’re well aware of the risks, including criminal and financial penalties, a damaged reputation, and loss of the public’s trust. You’re familiar with industry regulations and with your company’s compliance program. Yet, good people continue to make bad decisions. Ethical leadership requires more than simply being a good person and knowing the rules.

Go beyond compliance to learn how to build a culture of integrity. Prepare for key ethical dilemmas and develop the ability to make good ethical decisions with the Ethical Leadership for Finance Professionals Online Business Certificate.

Delivered in collaboration with Old National Bank.

his certificate is designed for mid-level managers who have the experience to recognize how ethical issues arise in business, who want to address those issues more comprehensively, and who want to build capacity for future leadership roles.

Participants who earn the certificate will:

  • Build understanding of the risk-related imperative and often-overlooked strategic value of getting beyond ethics and compliance to a culture of integrity.
  • Evaluate their decision making and the decision making of their teams, observing how ethical decisions are made and how they translate into ethical behavior.
  • Obtain a sense of key issues confronting the particular industry from both legal and ethical standpoints.
  • Understand the impact of ethical conduct that ranges far beyond check-the-box kinds of compliance-driven objectives.
  • Understand the crucial paradox of sincerity: that the biggest payoff for ethical conduct occurs when the pursuit of ethics is done for its own good.
  • Become familiar with ethics material and comfortable raising ethical issues in the workplace.

Online Business Certificate: Curriculum

The Kelley School of Business is nationally recognized for its innovative online programs. This course is led by a full-time faculty member from the #1-ranked Kelley Online MBA Program (U.S. News & World Report 2020).

This 12-week certificate offers a training model designed for seven industries so that materials relevant to a particular industry are emphasized. The online, asynchronous training model is divided into four, three-week modules. Participants must complete all four modules, including reflection assignments and short essays, to earn the certificate.

Each week will feature a discussion forum and commentary from the professor. Participants choose whether they want to do group or individual work. Participants can also choose to work directly with the professor in the final module.

Module 1: Ethical Decision-Making Models and the Financial Industry

Threshold cases that frame the ways in which companies react to ethical and legal issues; introduction of a seven-step decision-making model; introduction of an ethics case in the financial service industry.

Module 2: Continued Vignettes in the Financial Services Industry

A series of cases and vignettes in the financial services industry that deal with ethical and legal issues of the day.

Module 3: CEO Perspectives, Within and Outside of the Financial Services Industry

Report of a survey of CEOs in the US and Europe detailing what those CEOs believe to be the most important factors in creating an ethical culture, what virtues and traits are most important, their view of the most exemplary corporate actions as well as the most problematic. Also, videos from a financial services company, Old National Bank, that has repeatedly won recognition for their ethics work featuring insights from their CEO and leaders.

Module 4: Impact of Ethical Business Conduct

Demonstration of new research that suggests that ethical business conduct, practiced on a wide scale, can reduce the amount of violence in the world as well as exercises and opportunities for participants who wish to do additional research and work in the area directly with the professor.


Timothy Fort

Timothy L. Fort, PhD and JD, holds the Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics and is a professor of business law and ethics at the Kelley School of Business. Fort has written nearly 80 articles and 15 books including two winners of the Best Book Award from the Academy of Management for Social...

Ethical Leadership for Finance Professionals Online Business Certificate at Kelley School of Business

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