Professional Ethics in Management & Consulting

Growing attention to the social impact of business has made the importance of legal and ethical analysis in business decision-making central. This course focuses on the following key areas: the ethical decision-making process in the business context; and  the ethical responsibilities of a management consultant in both private and public organizations in accordance with the CMC’s Code of Professional Conduct.

  Dates Times Fees

In class
Section # 781

April 1 - May 10, 2017

Wednesdays, 6 - 9 p.m., (April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10)
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (April 1)

Regular course fee: $895
McGill Alumni fee: $761

Live Online
Section # 782

Course duration: 20 hours in class plus approximately 20 hours of readings and assignments
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 4


This course is part of the Professional Development Certificate in Management Consulting. For more information, click here.

If you wish to register for an individual course without being admitted to the program, please click here for registration instructions.

Course Description

This course deals with the ethical decision-making process in the business context. It helps students understand various ethical systems and norms of behaviour and to draw conclusions as to the right, proper, and just decisions and actions in the face of moral dilemmas. It also covers the legal and ethical liabilities and responsibilities of a management consultant in both private and public organizations in accordance with the CMC’s Code of Professional Conduct. Through readings, case studies and discussions, the course explains how to avoid and resolve the ethical dilemmas often faced by a management consultant.

Course Outline

  • Ethical theories
  • Principles and moral insights of an integrated ethical system to resolve ethical dilemmas and foster genuine socially responsible management
  • Professional business conduct
  • Conflict of interest
  • Code of ethics vs. a code of conduct
  • CMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Application of the Code in consulting assignments
  • Disciplinary approach used in Canada


Diane Girard, Ph.D., MBA, Adm.A.

Diane Girard has been providing consulting and training services in ethics to organizations from the business, governmental and professional sectors since 1997. She is the founder and past president of the Quebec Organizational Ethics Network (RÉOQ), and has served on the Board of the Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada.
Ms. Girard holds a Ph.D. in Management, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Law (L.L.M.) and a Post-Graduate Degree in Applied Ethics. Her main areas of research are concern for others in middle managers' decision-making and ethics programs in organizations. Ms. Girard has been teaching ethics at the Desautels Faculty of Management since 2000.

Pierre Lainey, MBA, Adm.A., CMC, CRHA
Pierre Lainey has been in the consulting business for over 25 years, particularly in organizational development and change management. He conducts assignments in private and public organizations in Québec, Ontario, and the United States. Trained in psychology, Mr. Lainey holds a masters degree in business administration (MBA), is accredited by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CAMC), and is a certified auditor and trainer for CAMC. He is also a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et en relations industrielles agréés du Québec. He is currently completing a doctorate in business administration at the University of Liverpool in the UK. He is the author of four books on leadership, influence, and change.
Mr. Lainey also teaches political skills, organizational leadership, and decision making in management programs at HEC Montréal, as well as management consulting at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and at the École nationale d’administration publique.

Registration Deadline:

One week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class. 
If you miss the registration deadline, please contact 514-398-5454 or pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Cancellation Policy:

Transcript Courses
All cancellation & section change requests must be made in writing to Pdregistrations [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received prior the registration deadline - one week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received after the registration deadline - within one week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class.
No refunds are issued after the first class of the course, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca