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  •  Inattention Is an Ethical Issue

    Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2011 11:00 AM

    If you're used to texting, e-mailing, or otherwise multi-tasking while attending important meetings, F. Daniel Siciliano and Katharine Martin have news for you: Failure to pay attention to the task at hand is not only an ethical problem, but, if you're a corporate director, it may also become a legal one.

    Saracino and Martin spoke on the risks of multi-tasking at a recent meeting of the Center's Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership. 

    Read a summary of their presentation

  •  Creating an Ethical Business Culture: The General Counsel's Role

    Friday, Jun. 17, 2011 1:16 PM

    Who is responsible for the ethics of an organization?  In this discussion with Center Executive Director Kirk Hanson, Craig Nordlund, former general counsel of Agilent Technologies, argues that the responsibility must finally rest with the CEO although concern for ethics must be disseminated to everyone in the organization.

    A theme among the panel of general counsels that Nordlund moderated for the most recent meeting of the Center's Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership was that general counsels are responsible for compliance but not ethics, which should be more broadly shared.  Nordlund suggests that whether the responsibility for ethics training resides with the general counsel's office, HR, or a separate Ethics Office, such programs will not work unless there is leadership on ethics from the company's top executives.

  •  Faith and Ethics in Business

    Monday, Jun. 13, 2011 2:22 PM
  •  Risk: A View From the Audit Committee

    Thursday, Jun. 9, 2011 3:08 PM

    Corporate boards are facing dramatic challenges in assessing both systemic and individual organizational risk. The Ethics Center and the National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley, recently sponsored a panel that addressed three questions: how did we get here, what can we learn, and what changes might allow us to better assess and mitigate risk.  The role of the Audit Committee in risk oversight was the chosen starting point, as the Audit Committee appears to have been ground zero for some of the failures in oversight.

    Here, Center Executive in Residence Jim Balassone interviews panelist Robert Finocchio.  Finocchio sits on the boards of Altera and Echelon Corporations, and CaseCentral, Embrane, JustAnswer, Tripwire and Silver-Peak (private companies). He chairs Santa Clara University's Board of Trustees where he is also a Dean's Executive Professor.

  •  Job Search Ethics

    Friday, May. 27, 2011 4:18 PM

    Eric, a graduating senior, gets a job offer from a company that is not his first choice.  Should he take it and keep looking?

    This ethics case is the latest addition to The Big Q, the Center's blog about the typcial ethical dilemmas facing college students.  The best student response received by midnight Sunday, May 29, wins a $50 Amazon gift certificate.




    Photo by Jeremy Wilburn available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License.

  •  The Asian Dimension of Teaching International Business Ethics

    Monday, May. 23, 2011 3:55 PM

    The second multi-stage educational seminar for teachers and practitioners of business ethics in East and Southeast Asia will be held August 19-20, 2011, at the Ateneo de Manila University. 

    The seminar is sponsored by the Center for International Business Ethics (CIBE) in Beijing, in cooperation with the Asian Jesuit Universities and Colleges, the Gov Jose B Fernandez JR. Ethics center at the Ateneo, and the European Chinese Center for Responsibility and Leadership. 

    CIBE, a key Markkula Center partner, sponsors three major conferences per year.  The Manila Educational Seminar for faculty who teach business ethics in Asia is the second annual conference on this topic.  The first, held last year, drew 30 scholars from across Asia. 

    More information

  •  Risk Oversight and Investment

    Tuesday, May. 3, 2011 4:24 PM


    Join us for "A View from the Audit Committee: Risk Oversight and Assessment" a panel discussion May 19, 7:30-9:30 a.m., at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304.  Panelists are Robert Finocchio, Board Member - CaseCentral, Embrane, JustAnswer, Tripwire and Silver-Peak (private companies), and Chair - Santa Clara University's Board of Trustees; Deirdre Flaherty, founding partner of the StoneTurn Group; Darryl Rains, partner at Morrison & Foerster; and James Balassone, Executive in Residence at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.

    7:30-8:00 Continental Breakfast
    8:00-9:30 Program

    This event is co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter, Inc.(SVNACD)

  •  Start-up Ethics

    Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 12:55 PM

    Are there special ethical challenges in starting a company as opposed to managing an existing operation? Meghan Skarzynski, an SCU senior finance major and Hackworth Fellow, made that question part of her fellowship work this year.

    Skarzynski invited Bryan Wargo, CEO, and Kevin Beals, CFO of Nearbuy Systems, to campus to talk with business students about their ethical experiences as entrpreneurs. In this video, they discuss fairness in compensation structures, honesty in dealing with investors, and setting an ethical tone at the top.

  •  The Case of the Reference Request

    Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011 1:34 PM

    A former employee asks a manager for a good reference despite previous problems that led to her dismissal in this brief case study, by Center Executive-in-Residence Jim Balassone.

  •  How to Fire Your Mother

    Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011 7:34 PM

    When a company must downsize, management faces tough decisions. Nearbuy Systems CEO Byran Wargo and CFO Kevin Beals talk about the painful choices they faced, including the need to let go of the CEO's mother.  They are interviewed by Meghan Skarzynski, SCU senior and Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center.