Monday, June 1, 2009

Back to School

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I'm currently sitting at my son's dance studio, waiting for him to finish his hip/hop rehearsal in preparation of the big recital in two weeks. Ironically, in one of the studios nearby, the class is working on a dance to Alice Cooper's 1972 hit, "School's Out," while I'm writing this blog announcing the new EthicsPoint Fund for the Discovery and Dissemination of Ethics Research with The University of Arizona's Department of Management and Organizations in the Eller College of Management. School is definitely NOT out for EthicsPoint!

The first of its kind for the University and EthicsPoint, the Fund will support research, education and collaborative programs designed to redefine the focus and impact of business ethics research. One of the things that attracted us to the work being done at The University of Arizona is they share our view that the teaching and research of business ethics needs to transition from the philosophical to the practical.

As a result of our partnership, we'll be working with the faculty of the Department of Management and Organizations in a number of ways, including:

  • Establishing a Business Ethics Symposium later this year in which industry ethics and compliance officers and faculty from M&O will jointly participate in panel discussions that tie best practices from industry with budding research from academia.
  • Publicizing the work of the M&O faculty in the area of business ethics through webinars, whitepapers and other communication vehicles.
  • Working with the faculty on their research projects into business ethics when appropriate.
  • Collaborating with the faculty within their classrooms, with EthicsPoint senior management participating as guest lecturers, providing students with the perspective of private industry to augment their studies.
This announcement is just the start in our relationship with The University of Arizona, one that I see having great promise and potential, and I can't wait to see where it goes!
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