Mendoza School of Business

Annual lecture series to focus on business ethics

Published: August 25, 2005 / Author: Dennis Information

Whether schools of business are to blame for recent scandals in corporate America will be discussed Aug. 31 (Wednesday) in the first of six lectures on business ethics to be presented this fall at the University of Notre Dame.

“Business Schools are Partially to Blame for the Corporate Ethics Scandals: Multiple Viewpoints” will feature Notre Dame faculty members Robert Audi and Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C., taking the pro position, and Michael Crant and Barry Keating in opposition. Patrick Murphy, Smith Co-Director of the University’s Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, will serve as the moderator.

Audi holds the Gallo Chair in Business Ethics and Father Williams is director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business. Crant is a professor of management and Keating is the Jones Professor of Finance.

The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business and is the inaugural event in the 2005 Berges Lecture Series on Business Ethics. The remainder of the schedule, with all lectures also at 7 p.m. in Jordan, is as follows:

Sept. 13 (Tuesday) — “Values-Based Leadership,” Harry Kraemer, executive partner with the private equity fund Madison Dearborn & Partners and former chief executive officer of Baxter International.

Sept. 28 (Wednesday) — “Faith and Fortune in Business,” Marc Gunther, senior writer at Fortune magazine and author of “Faith and Fortune: The Quiet Revolution to Reform American Business.”

Oct. 25 (Tuesday) — “Transparent Leadership,” Herb Baum, retired chief executive officer of Dial Corp. and author of “The Transparent Leader: How to Build a Great Company Through Straight Talk, Openness, and Accountability.”

Nov. 8 (Tuesday) — “Ethics and Compliance in a Large Public Company,” Kathryn Reimann, senior vice president for Global Compliance at American Express Corp.

Nov. 15 (Tuesday) — “Ethical Challenges in Business,” Stan Hubbard, chief executive officer of Hubbard Broadcasting Co. and KSTP-TV of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Previously titled the Cardinal O’Hara Lecture Series in Business Ethics, the event is now sponsored by the John A. Berges Family Endowment for Excellence in Undergraduate Business Ethics. It is organized by the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide and the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business.

Contact: Patrick Murphy, 574-631-9092 or 


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