In an ever-changing world of increased turbulence, uncertainty, and global competition, how can today’s business leaders learn, grow, adapt, and lead through unknown business challenges? To broaden the dialogue and promote engagement among students, faculty, scholars, and business practitioners, the Lally School will host an inaugural program titled “Forum on Business, Technology, and Ethics” on Wednesday, April 2. The event will take place in the Russell Sage Lab auditorium from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship.
The program will feature several guest speakers followed by a Q&A
session. Participants include former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.), the first Marine to serve in the position; Albert Erisman, founder and director of the Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics, and director of the Center for Integrity in Business at the School of Business and Economics, Seattle Pacific University; and Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson.
“In the classrooms, we explain theories and teach students about the intricacies of how business decisions are made,” says David Gautschi, dean of the Lally School. “The forum provides a meaningful way for us to discuss ethical issues found especially in entrepreneurial environments. Most importantly, we want to prepare students to compete in the global marketplace so that they can better address dilemmas that corporate leaders may confront in today’s business world.”
General Pace brings to bear his years as a Marine and as a military leader in providing insight on the “notion of leading with a moral compass.” He will share his personal experiences and discuss why ethics, integrity, and checking one’s moral compass when making decisions can spare an individual heartache and tragedy.
Erisman, a noted business ethics expert, will serve as the program moderator. He teaches courses in business ethics and serves as the editor for Ethix. The publication provides illustrations of business ethics challenges through positive examples of best practices and exemplary leadership. He will discuss “mission-oriented leadership” as his solution to preventing ethics breakdowns in light of issues associated with Enron and the subprime lending industry.
In addition, a workshop focused on addressing ethical dilemmas in the entrepreneurial environment will be held on Thursday, April 3. The workshop, titled “Should I...Shouldn’t I?,” will explore the contributions that ethical thinking can make in identifying and implementing a successful business plan. The workshop will feature Erisman, along with William Messenger, who leads the workplace leadership and business program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Messenger also serves as the director of ArQule Inc., a Boston-based biotechnology company. The event will take place 7:30-11 a.m. at the NYS Nurses Association located in Latham.
The Lally School will continue to organize the forum each year. The program will feature high-profile individuals from business, academia, and technology industries, among others, in collaboration with each of the four schools at Rensselaer.
For more information, and to RSVP for the event, contact the Severino Center at 276-2650.
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