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Legal and Ethical Business Issues for Science Professionals

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About This Course

Legal and/or ethical noncompliance can have significant negative impacts for any company and its employees, including on a company’s stock price and value; whether the desired talent wants to work for a company; whether customers want to buy products or services from a company; and whether suppliers want to sell products or services to a company.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • identify potential legal or ethical dilemmas before they become scandals;
  • confirm your personal values and learn your ethical type and understand how they impact your assessment of ethical and legal dilemmas;
  • identify the most appropriate stakeholders and their perspectives;
  • identify conflicts of interests and other red flags;
  • identify personal and general cognitive biases that impact the evaluation of potential legal and ethical dilemmas;
  • develop a personalized methodology to evaluate, resolve, and accept accountability for resolving issues in the real world;
  • determine the importance and value of crisis management and communication plans.

Read more about this course in an interview with instructor Shirley Boyd.

Instructor

Shirley Boyd
Shirley Boyd

JD, Harvard Law School; BA, psychology, University of Minnesota

Shirley Boyd has over 36 years of business and legal experience working at Cargill, Inc. which has provided her with deep experience and a broad perspective on legal and ethical compliance issues. When she retired from Cargill in 2018, she was a vice-president, associate general counsel for Cargill Law; group lead lawyer for the Edible Oil Solutions business group, group lead lawyer for the Bioindustrial group, and lead lawyer for Global Business Operations and Supply Chain. Shirley was also the lead of the Food Law team and Law Employee Safety team, a member of Cargill Law’s Global Leadership team, and the Executive Sponsor for the company's Pride Network.