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Philosophy Colloquium:
Dr. Patricia Werhane

Date:Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time:4:30 pm
Location:F.W. Olin Building, Room 102

"Why do Good People Do Bad Things? The Importance of Business Ethics"

We imagine that early parental ethics training and strong religious beliefs will promote good behavior in all one’s endeavors. Yet in fact, many of the alleged wrong doers in commerce come from supportive parents, good education, and deeply held religious principles. In this lecture I will explore the various reasons why these seemingly “good” people engage in questionable business activities, and suggest some remedies for this phenomenon.

Patricia H. Werhane is the Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics, Managing Director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University, and Ruffin Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. She has been a Rockefeller Fellow at Dartmouth College and visiting professor at Cambridge University. Professor Werhane has published numerous articles and is the author or editor of over twenty-five books including Adam Smith and his Legacy for Modern Capitalism, Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making both published by Oxford University Press, Women in Business with Posig, Gundry, Powell and Ofstein, and Profitable Partnerships for Poverty Alleviation with L. Hartman, D. Moberg and S. Kelley. She is the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics, former president of the International Society for business, Economics and Ethics, and she is an Academic Advisor to the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. She is currently the co-producer of a documentary television series, “ Big Questions,” which explores global projects for poverty alleviation, social enterprise, and education.

Contact: Holly Moore, 563-387-1222