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October 2 Provost Lecture Series on Why Ethics Is an Essential Tool for the Modern Workplace to feature John Hooker from Carnegie Mellon.

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Ethics is no less important to an organization than technology or finance.  We need ethics not to decide who is good or bad, but to build social infrastructure that, like physical infrastructure, is indispensable to getting anything done.  Simplistic platitudes cannot accomplish this.  Only a sophisticated intellectual framework can guide us through the complexities of today’s world.  This talk illustrates why failures to think analytically about ethics, not bad people, lie behind many ethical lapses in organizations.  It presents examples of how ethical dilemmas can be resolved, and sound organizational policies developed, on the basis of rigorous ethical analysis.

John Hooker is T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, and Professor of Operations Research, at Carnegie Mellon University.  He has published over 170 research articles, eight books, and five edited volumes on ethics, operations research, and cross-cultural issues.  He is the founding editor-in-chief of the world’s only academic journal dedicated to teaching business ethics.  He also has a strong interest in cross-cultural ethics and has lived and worked in 10 countries on 6 continents. 


The lecture will take place Monday, October 2 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center.



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