Course Detail(E127 : Winning through Business Ethics: The Art of War Strategy)

E127 : Winning through Business Ethics: The Art of War Strategy

7.00 CPE Hours (Category 2)
Classroom

Programme Objective

The accounting world of 21st century continues to be impacted by the US: imagine the latest Volcker Rule at 963 pages and 2826 footnotes! Yet the root cause like US subprime crisis is simple: too much greed in society. Sun Tzu will have added to his Art of War: “How so few financiers may drown so many”. The goal of this program is to initiate those in business into ethical mind-stream of a thinking strategist. The dilemma all CEOs face --- and rarely articulated --- tension between opportunities (yang) vis-à-vis threats (yin).

Social ethics is a rising, global trend. The goal is for you to become an ethically conscious human being and even more importantly, master the strategy of avoiding being snarled into an ethical dilemma whether in business or any professional context.

There are just one too many corporate stories and having worked so hard to be established, it makes sense for you to protect yourself. The key is to know how to best ethically adapt to a given scenario that presents unique opportunities but may be laden with unseen threats.  Or if you drawn into a situation, the question is how do you get yourself safely out? These are matters that can be very complex you need time to reflect and think about: your professional future depends on your skills in navigating through seas of ethics.

Assuming you are CEO or senior executive you should then embark on a life-long journey to en-skill yourself in handling ethical dilemmas. Or realizing you are slipping into an entrapment, to seek a way out. Be thinking like Sun Tzu, shaping personal strategies for mastery of Winning through Business Ethics. In particular, of how you may develop your skills of handling very difficult yet challenging situations: securing the work (fees) yet stay out of being entangled in illegality.

Programme Outline

Module 1: Sun Tzu Art of War: Winning through Business Ethics

Ethics has always being critical for winning even in fighting wars 2,500 years ago. Since the days of early human civilization, good had always triumphed over evil. Under Sun Tzu’s system of appraising leaders, the egomaniacs or rogue generals are castigated as the worst performers. The best generals (CEOs) are those who win quietly without the gory of bloody deaths through endless fighting. Metaphorically speaking, Sun Tzu emphasizes a deep ethical concern for the peasant-soldiers who had to die in battlefields. Sun Tzu manifested a strong ethical orientation in his Art of War for CEOs doing battles.


Module 2: Are Scandals, A Rising Trend? Why? Root Causes: Any Counter-Strategy

In-depth review of leading American cases leading to major overhaul of regulations: dynamics, common pattern, root causes. What about Singapore? Interactive discussion: Is there a best strategy for accountants to cope with ethical dilemmas? Can you still reply on 1 1 “What figures do you want?” Identify the common scenarios in Singapore and Asia.

Through this session, you will be brought right up to date with the undercurrents on ethics and the accounting profession.


Module 3: Real World, Experiential Modeling: Individual Role Assumption to Simulate Reflective Thinking

Training case and tools utilized by Professor Dr FOO Check Teck to elaborate how one is often entrapped in a ethical dilemma with no way out. Participants will experience through such immersive explorations through role adoption, to take cognitions of the parallel situations. The Session will open with a briefing on the historical context, background and the different positions and personalities involved.


Module 4: Ethical Dimensions of Strategy: Winning through Business Ethics

Training Methodology

This program is structured to be highly interactive as well as cross-cultural emphasizing Eastern (Singapore, China) as well as Western (US, UK) approaches. Ethics may be approached from learning the rules (US) or in applying the principles (UK). Here the approach is to enable professional accountants to develop their minds for coping strategically with real world, ethical dilemmas. This is cast as a necessity for accountants to survive in their profession.

[1] Lectures: The Art of War by Sun Tzu provides the underlying motivation for accountants to Win by Ethics. This is followed on by lecture on why you must be able cognitively to recognize ethical traps. The ethical dimensions of strategy are explained: for example, how to turnaround a stratagem that is unethically being applied on you.

[2] Video-learning from Documentary of Meeting: The crucial importance of ethics: why human beings must act ethically in society to other fellow human beings is brought through an in-depth case study. Through a real-world documentary of a meeting, participants witness how ordinary professionals, legally trained men and civil servants are drawn in or if you like being entrapped to endorse grossly unethical decisions.

[3] Modeling, Role-plays, Simulation: Experiential learning through modeling: Utilizing a real world conference meeting as the background, participants get to experience what it is like to be caught in an ethical dilemma. And why it is not always easy for one to retrieve oneself from such a situation. Participants will be given roles and asked to enact these roles themselves.

[4] Discussion-styled Tutorials: This approach is utilized for the modules that bring the participants up-to-date with the causes, global trends, mini-cases and anticipations of future developments. Ethics is indeed a topical, current issue and is often intertwined with growing significance of corporate social responsibility.

Closing Date for Registration

1 week before programme or until full enrolment

Intended For

A Foundation to Intermediate level programme intended for all Practising and Non-Practising Accountants, Auditors and Finance professionals. Professionals who like to think like Sun Tzu, to shape their personal strategies for mastery of Winning through Business Ethics are welcome to attend. There is no pre-requisite of financial and accounting knowledge and experience for this programme.

Competency Mapping

Category 2 = 7.00 Hours

Schedule & Fees

Date & Time

26 Dec 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Limited Seats

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 374.50
For Non-Members: $ 449.40

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709

Date & Time

03 Jul 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 374.50
For Non-Members: $ 449.40

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709

Date & Time

22 Sep 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 374.50
For Non-Members: $ 449.40

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709

Date & Time

23 Dec 2020 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 374.50
For Non-Members: $ 449.40

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709

Date & Time

20 Sep 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Registration is closed

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck

Date & Time

04 Jul 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Registration is closed

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck

Date & Time

26 Dec 2018 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Registration is closed

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck

Testimonial

Funding

No funding Available!

Programme Facilitator(s)


Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck
PhD (Strategy) University of St Andrews, MBA (Finance) (Award Winner) Cass Business School, City University of London, LLB (Hons) London Barrister Advocate and Solicitor, FCCA, FCMA, CA Singapore.
 
“Singapore’s Man of Renaissance” – The Straits Times
 
Professor Dr FOO Check Teck is globally renowned for his award winning research into the psychology of Sun Tzu and Art of War corporate strategy. His published works had made global impacts (BBC Global Finance interview; Consultant, US History TV Channel on Sun Tzu; CNA on US Subprime Crisis). 1998 NTU School of Accountancy to 2010: retiring as associate professor, systems engineering and management: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering School. 2004-2011, Chair of Strategy, University of St Andrews, UK. He held many Visiting Professorships across Asia, Europe and America (including Distinguished Professor of Finance, City University of New York, ASEAN Office) and on Editorial Boards of international journals.
 
Prior to joining university to finish his PhD, he worked 12 years in MNC and government (Industrial Relations Advisor, Bank Manager – Legal & Personnel, Project Manager (German MNC), Assistant Director, Corporate Planning, National Productivity Board). He is much sought after as keynote speaker (now focusing on China) and is Chairman of the Sun Tzu Institute. He founded (2007) as award winning Editor leading research journal of Chinese Management Studies CMS (SSCI 2011) UK Emerald Publishers. SCI Imago ranks CMS as equal to Harvard Business Review (2013). He is founding organizer of highly successful Global Chinese Management Studies Conference. For his diverse multi-disciplinary interests (including papers in engineering journals), Straits Times hailed him as Singapore’s Man of Renaissance.

Programme Objective

The accounting world of 21st century continues to be impacted by the US: imagine the latest Volcker Rule at 963 pages and 2826 footnotes! Yet the root cause like US subprime crisis is simple: too much greed in society. Sun Tzu will have added to his Art of War: “How so few financiers may drown so many”. The goal of this program is to initiate those in business into ethical mind-stream of a thinking strategist. The dilemma all CEOs face --- and rarely articulated --- tension between opportunities (yang) vis-à-vis threats (yin).

Social ethics is a rising, global trend. The goal is for you to become an ethically conscious human being and even more importantly, master the strategy of avoiding being snarled into an ethical dilemma whether in business or any professional context.

There are just one too many corporate stories and having worked so hard to be established, it makes sense for you to protect yourself. The key is to know how to best ethically adapt to a given scenario that presents unique opportunities but may be laden with unseen threats.  Or if you drawn into a situation, the question is how do you get yourself safely out? These are matters that can be very complex you need time to reflect and think about: your professional future depends on your skills in navigating through seas of ethics.

Assuming you are CEO or senior executive you should then embark on a life-long journey to en-skill yourself in handling ethical dilemmas. Or realizing you are slipping into an entrapment, to seek a way out. Be thinking like Sun Tzu, shaping personal strategies for mastery of Winning through Business Ethics. In particular, of how you may develop your skills of handling very difficult yet challenging situations: securing the work (fees) yet stay out of being entangled in illegality.

Programme Outline

Module 1: Sun Tzu Art of War: Winning through Business Ethics

Ethics has always being critical for winning even in fighting wars 2,500 years ago. Since the days of early human civilization, good had always triumphed over evil. Under Sun Tzu’s system of appraising leaders, the egomaniacs or rogue generals are castigated as the worst performers. The best generals (CEOs) are those who win quietly without the gory of bloody deaths through endless fighting. Metaphorically speaking, Sun Tzu emphasizes a deep ethical concern for the peasant-soldiers who had to die in battlefields. Sun Tzu manifested a strong ethical orientation in his Art of War for CEOs doing battles.


Module 2: Are Scandals, A Rising Trend? Why? Root Causes: Any Counter-Strategy

In-depth review of leading American cases leading to major overhaul of regulations: dynamics, common pattern, root causes. What about Singapore? Interactive discussion: Is there a best strategy for accountants to cope with ethical dilemmas? Can you still reply on 1 1 “What figures do you want?” Identify the common scenarios in Singapore and Asia.

Through this session, you will be brought right up to date with the undercurrents on ethics and the accounting profession.


Module 3: Real World, Experiential Modeling: Individual Role Assumption to Simulate Reflective Thinking

Training case and tools utilized by Professor Dr FOO Check Teck to elaborate how one is often entrapped in a ethical dilemma with no way out. Participants will experience through such immersive explorations through role adoption, to take cognitions of the parallel situations. The Session will open with a briefing on the historical context, background and the different positions and personalities involved.


Module 4: Ethical Dimensions of Strategy: Winning through Business Ethics

Training Methodology

This program is structured to be highly interactive as well as cross-cultural emphasizing Eastern (Singapore, China) as well as Western (US, UK) approaches. Ethics may be approached from learning the rules (US) or in applying the principles (UK). Here the approach is to enable professional accountants to develop their minds for coping strategically with real world, ethical dilemmas. This is cast as a necessity for accountants to survive in their profession.

[1] Lectures: The Art of War by Sun Tzu provides the underlying motivation for accountants to Win by Ethics. This is followed on by lecture on why you must be able cognitively to recognize ethical traps. The ethical dimensions of strategy are explained: for example, how to turnaround a stratagem that is unethically being applied on you.

[2] Video-learning from Documentary of Meeting: The crucial importance of ethics: why human beings must act ethically in society to other fellow human beings is brought through an in-depth case study. Through a real-world documentary of a meeting, participants witness how ordinary professionals, legally trained men and civil servants are drawn in or if you like being entrapped to endorse grossly unethical decisions.

[3] Modeling, Role-plays, Simulation: Experiential learning through modeling: Utilizing a real world conference meeting as the background, participants get to experience what it is like to be caught in an ethical dilemma. And why it is not always easy for one to retrieve oneself from such a situation. Participants will be given roles and asked to enact these roles themselves.

[4] Discussion-styled Tutorials: This approach is utilized for the modules that bring the participants up-to-date with the causes, global trends, mini-cases and anticipations of future developments. Ethics is indeed a topical, current issue and is often intertwined with growing significance of corporate social responsibility.

Closing Date for Registration

1 week before programme or until full enrolment

Intended For

A Foundation to Intermediate level programme intended for all Practising and Non-Practising Accountants, Auditors and Finance professionals. Professionals who like to think like Sun Tzu, to shape their personal strategies for mastery of Winning through Business Ethics are welcome to attend. There is no pre-requisite of financial and accounting knowledge and experience for this programme.

Competency Mapping

Category 2 = 7.00 Hours

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck
PhD (Strategy) University of St Andrews, MBA (Finance) (Award Winner) Cass Business School, City University of London, LLB (Hons) London Barrister Advocate and Solicitor, FCCA, FCMA, CA Singapore.
 
“Singapore’s Man of Renaissance” – The Straits Times
 
Professor Dr FOO Check Teck is globally renowned for his award winning research into the psychology of Sun Tzu and Art of War corporate strategy. His published works had made global impacts (BBC Global Finance interview; Consultant, US History TV Channel on Sun Tzu; CNA on US Subprime Crisis). 1998 NTU School of Accountancy to 2010: retiring as associate professor, systems engineering and management: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering School. 2004-2011, Chair of Strategy, University of St Andrews, UK. He held many Visiting Professorships across Asia, Europe and America (including Distinguished Professor of Finance, City University of New York, ASEAN Office) and on Editorial Boards of international journals.
 
Prior to joining university to finish his PhD, he worked 12 years in MNC and government (Industrial Relations Advisor, Bank Manager – Legal & Personnel, Project Manager (German MNC), Assistant Director, Corporate Planning, National Productivity Board). He is much sought after as keynote speaker (now focusing on China) and is Chairman of the Sun Tzu Institute. He founded (2007) as award winning Editor leading research journal of Chinese Management Studies CMS (SSCI 2011) UK Emerald Publishers. SCI Imago ranks CMS as equal to Harvard Business Review (2013). He is founding organizer of highly successful Global Chinese Management Studies Conference. For his diverse multi-disciplinary interests (including papers in engineering journals), Straits Times hailed him as Singapore’s Man of Renaissance.

Upcoming Schedule

Limited Seats

Date & Time

26 Dec 2019 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Fee (inclusive of GST)

For Members: $ 374.50
For Non-Members: $ 449.40

Programme Facilitator(s)

Prof. Dr Foo Check Teck

Venue

60 Cecil Street
ISCA House
Singapore 049709