Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Business Ethics

Articles, cases, and links on corporate governance, organizational ethics, creating an ethical culture, and global business ethics from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Center staff and scholars work with executives from major companies to analyze real-world ethical issues in business and to develop innovative tools and programs to address them.

Online Resources in Business Ethics
  • What is Business Ethics?
    An introduction to the key issues
  • Business Ethics Articles
    Materials on corporate integrity, start-ups, work-life balance, etc.
  • Online Courses in Business Ethics
    MOOCs for businesspeople and business students
  • Business Ethics Videos
    YouTube channel with more than 60 videos on business ethics
  • Business Ethics Cases
    Scenarios on bribery, plant relocation, product safety, etc.
  • Resources from the Business Ethics Partnership
    Material on corporate governance, international business ethics, ethical leadership, etc.
  • Business Ethics in China: Resources
    Material on intellectual property, gifts and bribes, fair trade, and the FCPA
  • Business Ethics Links
    Annotated list of Internet resources
  • Religious Perspectives on Business Ethics and the Economy
    A bibliography
  • Business Ethics Program Overview
  • Programs in Business Ethics
    Partnerships, Conferences and Consulting
  • Business Ethics Partnership
    Businesspeople and scholars address emerging issues in corporate governance, ethics, and compliance
  • The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics offers a wealth of resources in business ethics. Our programs focus on businesses in the Silicon Valley, whose practices are a bellwether for the performance of worldwide companies especially in the technology sector, but also more broadly. We believe that it is especially important to impact business leaders, as tone at the top influences the entire ethical culture of an organization. We work with senior management teams, corporate boards, and ethics and compliance officers.

    On the Web, we offer materials that grow out of our involvement with Silicon Valley business leaders. You can find summaries of talks on corporate governance, international business ethics issues, corporate social responsibility, codes of ethics, and more. Additionally, we offer original articles and commentary on business ethics issues in the news and cases on business ethics.

    Our business ethics programs are led by staff with long experience, both in the business world and in the academic study of the field. Kirk O. Hanson, the Center's executive director, is one of the founders of the business ethics field, who has taught both at Santa Clara and Stanford universities for more than 35 years and is currently the John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics. His specialty is organizational ethics and global business ethics.

    Other staff in business ethics include Ann Skeet, director of the Center's leadership ethics efforts. Ann brings a background in the media industry, leadership education, and nonprofits to her work. Her specialty is leadership ethics in both the business and nonprofit sectors. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Serving as a senior fellow in business ethics, Jim O'Toole was previously the Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business and, while at the University of Southern California's business school for two decades, he held the University Associates' Chair of Management, served as Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, and editor of New Management magazine. From 1994-97 O'Toole was Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute, and later, Mortimer J. Adler Senior Fellow at the Institute. He also has served as Chair of the Booz/Allen/Hamilton Strategic Leadership Center. O'Toole received his doctorate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar and won a Mitchell Prize for a paper on economic growth policy. They are assisted by Business Ethics Program Coordinator Patrick Coutermarsh, a Santa Clara University graduate, who was a Hackworth Fellow in ethics his senior year.

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics business programs have enjoyed a longterm working relationship with the Silicon Valley Directors' Exchange.

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