Washington, D.C, USA
A group of academics from ten of the country’s top business schools have combined intellectual forces to launch a website, EthicalSystems.org, that aims to support ethical integrity in business by disseminating research, case studies and related content as a free public service.
Covering such topics as accounting fraud, corruption, conflicts of interest, cheating, decision-making, fairness, human rights, and ethical leadership, the new website is a resource for business students, compliance officers, consultants, and business people from small proprietors up to CEOs who have an interest in understanding and promoting honest business practices. A section on teaching ethics provides tools such as syllabi and case studies to assist professors in shaping course curricula to teach ethical system design.
Jonathan Haidt, author of “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion,” and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Stern School of Business, explained: “There’s so much great research out there right now on the factors that make people and organizations behave more or less ethically. And in the wake of the global financial crisis, there’s interest in how to make businesses more ethically crash-proof. Our goal is to bring supply and demand together in one easy-to-use website. We believe that our research, and that of our many colleagues, can improve the integrity and ultimately the profitability of forward-looking businesses.”
In addition to Haidt, the roster of contributing scholars includes Steven Blader, Marc Hodak and Michael Posner, all affiliated with NYU-Stern; Dan Ariely, Duke University; Max Bazerman and Francesca Gino at Harvard Business School; Daylian Cain, Yale School of Management; Nicholas Epley, University of Chicago (Booth); Robert Frank, Cornell University (Johnson School of Management); Adam Grant, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton); David Hirshleifer, UC Irvine (Merage); Jeffrey Kaplan, Kaplan & Walker LLP David Mayer, University of Michigan (Ross); Hal Movius, President of Movius Consulting; Ann Tenbrunsel, Notre Dame College of Business Administration; and Linda Trevino, Penn State (Smeal).