Conference - March 8-10, 2007
Santa Clara University Campus
Two of the world's fastest growing economies--China and
India--will be the focus of the Markkula Center for Applied
Ethics fourth biennial business ethics conference. The conference
will explore the cultural, economic, and social factors that
form the ethical business practices in these countries and the
challenges facing global business organizations in creating
a consistent and effective ethical culture capable of crossing
More than 215 university faculty members and business executives
have already registered for the conference. Among the participants
will be Dennis Moberg, Wilkinson Professor of Management and
Ethics, SCU; P.Christie, S.J., Director, Loyola Institute of
Business Administration, Chennai, India; John Hulpke, Visiting
Scholar, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Jim
Weber, Director of the Beard Center, Duquesne University; Jagdish
Sheth, Executive Director, India, China, and America Institute,
Emory University; Arvind Bhambri, Associate Professor of Management
and Organization, Marshall School of Business, University of
Southern California; Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula
Center for Applied Ethics and University Professor of Organizations
and Society, SCU; Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for
Social Responsibility; and James O'Toole, Research Professor,
Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California.
The Conference is divided into three segments:
Day One (3/8-p.m.) Corporate Visits
will feature an on-site presentation for scholars at the corporate
headquarters of Cisco, a leading Silicon Valley firm with significant
business presence around the world. The day will conclude with
a dinner at which A.C. "Mike" Markkula, co-founder
of Apple Computer, will offer remarks.
Day Two (3/9-a.m. and p.m.) Executive
Forum will offer business executives and scholars the opportunity
to hear from several business leaders with extensive experience
in India and China. These presentations will be followed by
panels and interactive discussion between academic participants
and businesspeople to further explore the conference themes.
The panels will include subject matter experts, experienced
business personnel, and Indian and Chinese business professionals
and academics. The day will conclude with a session identifying
five questions posed by the executive attendees that might be
the focus of future research.
Day Three (3/10-a.m. and p.m.) Academic
Forum will provide a platform for scholars to discuss contemporary
topics in business ethics and a forum for the presentation of
selected research. In the morning, established scholars will
be conduct sessions on topics of their choosing. In the afternoon,
papers by emerging (non-tenured) scholars will be featured.
The Markkula Center is proud to have supported such scholars
as Joshua Margolis (Harvard Business School), Rob Philips (Richmond),
Lori Ryan (San Diego State), Alexei Marcoux (Loyola Chicago),
and Scott Reynolds (Washington) at previous conferences early
in their careers.
In summary, we hope to be able to address the following
- What are the challenges of creating an ethical culture across
national, cultural, social, and economic boundaries?
- What has proven successful in creating these international
ethical cultures? What measures of success are appropriate?
- What we can learn from those who have made mistakes in this
- What can Western organizations learn from the business practices
and values of China, India, and "beyond"? How does
the organization foster the ability to hear and learn these