Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles

Corporate Wrongdoing

Encouraging Internal Whistleblowing in Organizations
How can businesses encourage employees to report ethical lapses?
Lilanthi Ravishankar
Insider Trading: Law, Trust, and Prevention
A definition of and scenarios about insider training, plus suggestions about what businesses can do to discourage it
Confronting Unethical Conduct
Ethics for associations and nonprofit organizations.
Kirk O. Hanson
When Good People Do Bad Things at Work
Rote behavior, distractions, and moral exclusion stymie ethical behavior on the job. Discusses Ford Pinto case.
Dennis J. Moberg
Investigating Possible Wrongdoing: Internal vs. External Investigations
Best practices for companies investigating corruption and other violations
Margaret Steen
Pondering Your Worst Nightmare to Aid Ethical Decision-Making
At the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Boris Feldman helped participants explore the ethical problems that can arise in some particularly thorny situations.
Margaret Steen
The Whistle-Blower's Quandary: Fairness or Loyalty
Different values motivate workers who blow the whistle and those who don't
James O'Toole
Anatomy of a White Collar Crime
Former Federal Prosecutor Hank Shea talks with Steve Brown, a Missouri state legislator who lost his seat and his law license for a conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Margaret Steen
Nexus of the Law and Ethics
Joseph Grundfest, professor of law and business at the Stanford Law School, a key to ethical decision making is determining what is smart.
Coming to Grips with Guilt
A white collar felon describes how arrogance, greed, and resentment led to his crime.
Mark Faris, Hank Shea, Kirk O. Hanson
Insider Trading Enforcement
A definition of insider trading and tips on preventing the problem
Miriam Schulman
What Really Went Wrong With Enron? A Culture of Evil?
A panel of Santa Clara University Business Ethicists reflect on the reasons behind the Enron scandal.
Business Ethicists Panel
Lessons from the Enron Scandal
An interview with Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson.
Kirk O. Hanson
Link Between Moral and Market Values
Market value accounting and fraud.
William K. Black
Curbing Corruption Around the Globe
Summary of a presentation by Glenn Ware, chief investigative counselor for the World Bank, on the bank's Department of Institutional Integrity
Anne Federwisch
Encouraging Internal Whistleblowing (And More!)
An update on how organizations can set up mechanisms to identify wrongdoing
Carl R. Oliver and Francis J. Daly
Exploring Ethical Lapses During the Rite Aid Crisis
Former Rite Aid COO and interim CEO Timothy Noonan gives a frank account of an ethical lapse that he wished he had avoided
Anne Federwisch
Reducing the Risk of White Collar Crime (video)
Former federal prosecutor discusses preventing corporate wrongdoing
Hank Shea
Ethical Issues in the Financial Services Industry
Summary of a presentation by Ronald F. Duska and James A. Mitchell on the reasons for ethical lapses in the industry and some ways to protect against them.
Anne Federwisch