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By SuperUser Account on 3/7/2014 11:02 AM
By Dan Sweeney, Director
Institute for Enterprise Ethics

Enterprise Ethics | SAC Insider TradingOn Thursday, February 6, Mr. Mathew Martoma was found guilty on insider trading charges by a jury that spent only 15 hours in deliberation (Click here). The supposedly confidential information he was able to acquire from a doctor responsible for overseeing the trial of experimental drugs for treating Alzheimer’s enabled Mr. Martoma to advise his boss, Mr. Steven A. Cohen, founder and CEO of the hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors to score a profit of some $275M from both long and short trading before and after the otherwise secret information became public.
By SuperUser Account on 3/7/2014 10:53 AM

By Dan Sweeney, Director
Institute of Enterprise Ethics

Enterprise Ethics | New CEO for MicrosoftMicrosoft’s new CEO, its third in 30 years, comes to the job with two very important tailwinds and two very strong headwinds.

First, let’s deal with the headwinds. Mr. Nadella was clearly not a candidate developed through a long term and thorough executive succession program. He did not emerge via a careful and thorough succession development process and therefore was not being groomed for several years as the likely next CEO. He was not under the close evaluative scrutiny of the board’s nomination committee and the company’s senior HR executive to assure that he was receiving all the right experience, training and counsel to succeed as Microsoft’s next CEO. He was, obviously a compromise candidate plucked from within the bowels of the organization with less than unanimous support from the full board. This is a tough way to start a new CEO career.

By SuperUser Account on 1/15/2014 4:13 PM

John Holcomb
Professor, Business Ethics & Legal Studies

Dan Sweeney
Director, Institute for Enterprise Ethics

Top 5 Board Questions in 2014The opening of a new year always suggests new opportunities, challenges and priorities. Daniels’ Professor John Holcomb and Institute Director Dan Sweeney have developed a short list of five top priorities for Boards of Directors for the coming year.
By SuperUser Account on 11/11/2013 2:25 PM
By Dan Sweeney, Director
Institute for Enterprise Ethics

Insstitute for Enterprise EthicsAccording to the Wall Street Journal of November 5, :Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay a total of $2.2 billion and plead guilty to a misdemeanor in a deal that would settle U.S. Department of Justice investigations into the marketing of antipsychotic  Risperdol and other drugs”. This follows a decade or more of other mishaps and gaffs by various J&J divisions in the manufacture, distribution and marketing of drugs. Attorney General Eric Holder is quoted as saying of the most recent case:  “J&J displayed a reckless indifference to the safety of the American people.”
By SuperUser Account on 11/7/2013 9:15 AM
Dan Sweeney, Director
Institute for Enterprise Ethics

Institute for Enterprise EthicsOn November 4, The Wall Street Journal published an article by Francesco Guerrera in his Current Account column under the title “Why Market Rigging Deserves Our Attention”.
The article focuses on “The probes into the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and the separate, and less advanced, foreign-exchange investigation (which) are looking into what could be widespread, coordinated attempts to manipulate two key cogs in the global financial machine: the interest rate used in more than$300 trillion in derivatives and loans and the 5.3 trillion-a-day currencies market, respectively.
By SuperUser Account on 8/23/2013 6:22 AM
By Dan Sweeney, Director
Institute for Enterprise Ethics

A Brief Code of Enterprise EthicsMost corporate codes of ethics are long tomes of regulations, policies and declarations of “thou shalt not’s”. They are rule books rather than statements of principles. Principles are important because many circumstances in which the right behavior is not clear require some guidelines or guardrails for the application of good judgment. Here are six basic principles that can establish a solid foundation for such judgment and for the remainder of a corporate ethics policy manual.

By SuperUser Account on 7/23/2013 12:15 PM

By Dan Sweeney, Director
Institute for Enterprise Ethics

Institute for Enterprise Ethics, Financial Services IndustryEvery week a new scandal seems to emerge from the financial services industry.  Why is that? What is there about this industry that seems to encourage misbehavior and malfeasance? Recently the Institute for Enterprise Ethics interviewed a professor of business ethics and a former executive from the financial industry to try to understand this issue more clearly (Here is the video of that interview). This conversation identified three major categories of reasons that ethical violations are so prevalent in the financial service industry.

By SuperUser Account on 7/12/2013 8:51 AM
Daniel Sweeney
Director, Institute for Enterprise Ethics

Jon Corzine Preparing to Testify
James B. Stewart, a very insightful observer of corporate behavior for the New York Times, wrote a piece about Jon Corzine and MF Global with this headline. The article raised two questions for me:

First, what does morality have to do with it? Isn’t corporate and business behavior all about law and ethics and compliance?  Don’t these areas of knowledge and expertise cover the gamut of improper behavior?
By SuperUser Account on 7/11/2013 1:26 PM
By Dan Sweeney, Director
Institute for Enterprise Ethics

The Institute for Enterprise Ethics recently hosted an Ethics and Compliance roundtable discussion on the topics “The Ethics Risk Assessment”. The goal of the discussion was to explore how a company might go about assessing their exposure to risks of ethical breaches independent of compliance violations or after-the-fact ethical crises. Erin Nickell, Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Daniels College of Business lead the discussion. Some fourteen practitioners and two additional members of the Daniels faculty participated in the very lively and robust conversation.

By SuperUser Account on 6/20/2013 12:17 PM
By Dan Sweeney, Director
Institute for Enterprise Ethics

Millennials In The Workplace
The Millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 1999 are becoming a significant proportion of the workforce and they are bringing a lot to their work place:



• A lot of friends (there are 80 Million of them) • A lot of education
•  A lot of personal technology • A lot of collaboration
• A lot of optimism • A (whole) lot of expectations

This is also a group that will for certain bring about a lot of conflict in many organizations as their values come into direct conflict with their Gen X and Baby Boomer predecessors’ and superiors’ habits.

 
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