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Can a Business Have a Conscience?
Manuel Velasquez, Dirksen Professor of Business Ethics at SCU, discusses the moral responsibility of corporations.
Brian Green
Creating an Ethical Culture as CFO
In a presentation entitled "Role and Responsibilities of the CFO in the Ethical Culture of the Organization," three panelists discussed how to create a culture that will encourage employees to withstand the pressure to falsify financial records.
Margaret Steen
Can a Business Have a Conscience?
Granting personhood to corporations obscures responsibility for unethical acts
Mindful Managers
James O'Toole describes mindful managers as capitalists who created profitable businesses but also had strong ethical compasses, respected others, and wanted to use their organizations to foster human development.
Margaret Steen
Protecting Privacy and Society
Consumer and business data is increasingly moving to the "cloud," and people are clamoring for protection of that data. However, "maximum privacy" is really anonymity, and some people use it as a shield for illegal and unethical behavior. How should cloud service providers deal with this dilemma?
Steve Bennett
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.
How to Navigate Your Way Out of No Man's Land With Ethics
Using your moral compass to improve your company's performance
Dan Crawford
Ethics and Venture Capital
Franklin "Pitch" Johnson, co-founder of Asset Management, reflects on ethical challenges for start-ups and venture funds
Miriam Schulman
Power and Ethics in the Executive Suite
A review of recent research on the effects of power and applications to the business world
Miriam Schulman
Role of the CEO in Building an Ethical Organization
Panel discussion featuring Radha Basu (SupportSoft), Ken Denman (Openwave Systems), Robert Ewald (SGI), Mark Lonergan (Lonergan Partners)
Miriam Schulman
Building a High Performance Team: Creating an Ethical Culture (ppt)
Founder and CEO of Ariba uses that company as a case study for defining key principles in building an organization
Keith Krach
Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and the Board
Practical suggestions for corporate board members on the ethical aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy
Tim Harris, partner, Morrison & Foerster
Role of the CFO in the Ethical Culture of an Organization
The CFO can become an ambassador for ethics throughout a corporation.
Miriam Schulman
Start-up Ethics
Nearbuy Systems CEO and CFO talk about the particular ethical challenges in starting a company.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
How to Fire Your Mother
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.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Global Ethics in Corporations
Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and University Professor of Organizations and Society, shares his observations about Leadership and Corporate Governance.
Kirk O. Hanson
Success Factors for Corporate Ethics Programs
Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and University Professor of Organizations and Society, shares his observations about Leadership and Corporate Governance.
Kirk O. Hanson
Importance of a CEO Who Cares
Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and University Professor of Organizations and Society, shares his observations about Leadership and Corporate Governance.
Kirk O. Hanson
Perspectives on the Roles and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors for Corporate Culture
A report on the best board practices delivered at the April 6-7, 2005 Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership Meeting
Vail Leadership Institute
Giving Wise Advice
Results of an empirical study on wisdom and ethics
Dennis Moberg
Roles and Responsibilities of the General Counsel in the Organization
Panel discussion among general counsels of large and small cap companies
Tom McCoy, Craig Nordlund, Martin Collins, Fred Go
Executive Compensation: Are Outsize Pay Packages Contributing to Corporate Malfeasance?
From the 2005-06 National Ethics Agenda, an examination of the wide gaps between executive and line worker pay and their impact on public trust and corporate bad behavior.
Ethics Center Emerging Issues Group
Ethical Challenges in Human Resources
A talk given to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership
James O'Toole
CEOs: Setting the Ethical Tone
The role of the CEO in setting a company's ethical culture was the focus of a panel at the April 6 meeting of the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership, a program of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and 13 corporations.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Silicon Valley Executives Discuss Building an Ethical Organization
These comments are excerpts from presentations at the Ethics Center's third biennial global business Ethics Conference, "The Accountable Corporation," held February 18-19, 2005, on the Santa Clara University campus.
Ned Barnholt, Dan Warmenhoven
Advice from Aristotle
Aristotle was a practical and business-oriented philosopher who defined principles in terms of the ethics of leadership.
James O'Toole
Reputation and Venture Funding
The importance venture capital firms place on the founders track record in terms of their values
an interview with Floyd Kvamme
Guilt (and Reliability) by Association
An angel investor talks about reputation.
an interview with Audrey MacLean
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
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
In desperate need of a tax break for his company, a CEO contemplates a questionable campaign contribution.
Leon Panetta & Paul Locatelli, S.J.
Only the Ethical Survive
A CEO discusses ethical business leadership.
Michael Hackworth