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Mendoza College of Business Deans Report 2009-11

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the gift of integrity GIFT ESTABLISHES NOTRE DAME DELOITTE CENTER Integrity and character—certainly the cornerstones of ethical leadership that have the power to transform entire organizations. And when they are absent or somehow stunted? The result can be disastrous, as any number of headlines can attest. Mendoza Centers for Ethics The Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership The Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business The Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide That's why the work of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership is so vital. Made possible by a major gift from the professional services firm Deloitte in May 2011, the Center will focus on groundbreaking studies from the best researchers at the Mendoza College, as well as other disciplines. Edward J. Conlon, associate dean for Graduate Studies and director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center, said the goal is to provide new understandings of character ethics and leadership that can be widely shared with practitioners and other educators. Forwarding a new field of ethics Management Professor Ann Tenbrunsel, co-director of the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, joined with David DeCremer of Erasmus University's Centre of Behavioural Ethics in 2010 to sponsor a conference on the developing field of behavioral business ethics. "Behavioral Business Ethics: Ideas on an Emerging Field" took place at the Notre Dame Chicago Commons and attracted scholars from Harvard, Northwestern, Duke, NYU, Carnegie Mellon and Leiden University in the Netherlands, among other institutions. The conference recognized that the study of business ethics should include insights from behavioral science to understand the organizational impact of a leader's ethics and the role of trust in the workplace. The conference also hosted the sixth annual "Excellence in Ethics: Dissertation Proposal Competition," in which scholars from five universities present their research related to behavioral business ethics. Faculty book reveals ethical blind spots When confronted with an ethical dilemma, most of us like to think we would stand up for our principles. But we are not as ethical as we think, explained Mendoza's Ann Tenbrunsel, the Rex and Alice A. Martin Professor for Business Ethics, and co-author Max Bazerman of Harvard Business School in their 2011 book, Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It. "Blind spots" are unknown obstacles that prevent people from seeing their unethical behavior. The book investigates the reasons for the gap between the perception—who we think we are—and the reality of how we really act. U.N. conference shows how businesses can serve the common good Major international conference, "The U.N. Millennium Development Goals, the Global Compact and the Common Good," brought scholars, government officials, company executives and U.N. representatives to Notre Dame to discuss practical and conceptual issues in- volved in world poverty. More than a dozen Notre Dame faculty members participated, including Dean Carolyn Woo. The event was presented in conjunction with the yearlong "Notre Dame Forum: The Global Marketplace and the Common Good." Conference organizer, the Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C., director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business, said the main purpose of the event was to help people understand that business can serve the common good in two ways: by bringing wages, goods and services to communities; and by "helping the many who are not even in the market because they lack marketable skills and the resources to acquire them." 25 Centers for Ethics

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