Credibility Crises

Jerry Michalski's list -

Richard Nielsen studies corruption.


  • DefenseIndustryInitiativesOnBusinessEthics (1986): 46 vendors confessed voluntarily to fraud/waste. 39 of that group were shortly afterward investigated for abuses they failed to report

    • Paranoid perspective - maybe they were being punished for Co Operation!
  • 1991 poll of Canadian office workers by LouisHarris found largest single source of job dissatisfaction was bad ethics.

  • Business School involvement

    • Amitai Etzioni article - Debates continued over whether ethics should be a required course or a separate elective or, alternatively, whether the topic should be integrated into all classes. A member of the Marketing department mused that if the latter policy were adopted, his department would have to close because much of what it was teaching constituted a form of dissembling: selling small items in large boxes, putting hot colors on packages because they encourage people to buy impulsively, and so forth. A finance professor was also concerned about its effects on his teaching. Students later told me that they learned in his course how you could make a profit by breaking implicit contracts.

    • weeding out bad apples: [1]( Co At Work.nsf/docid/020FA888B1BFF7B785256C760063D9DE) and [2]( Co At Work.nsf/docid/085FDB785E3882CA85256C760063D9B6)



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