Purdue News

October 5, 2004

Think tank head to speak as part of ethics lecture series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The founder of an ethics think tank will open this year's Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics at Purdue University.

Rush Kidder, founder of the Institute for Global Ethics, will speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 on ethical decision making in corporate America. The event, which will be in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall, is free and open to the public.

Kidder has developed what he terms "ethical fitness," which incorporates five different core values that affect ethical choices: honesty, responsibility, fairness, respect and compassion. The institute has worked on issues surrounding ethics and citizenship with many large corporations, including Ford Motor Co., L.L. Bean, Northrup Grumman and Reuters.

He has written several books on ethics, including "How Good People Make Tough Choices," "Shared Values for a Troubled World: Conversations with Men and Women of Conscience" and the upcoming "Moral Courage: Ethics in Action."

The Purdue lecture series, which began last year, is a collaboration between the Krannert School of Management and the School of Education's James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship. Speakers chosen from a variety of disciplines discuss aspects of business ethics and the role citizens play in corporate ethics, providing an overview of the effects of corporate ethics upon business, the economy and society as a whole.

The lecture series will feature two more speakers this year. Arthur Martinez, former chairman and CEO of Sears, and Ron Shapiro, founder of Shapiro Negotiations Institute, will speak in January and April, respectively.

CONTACT: Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communication, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@mgmt.purdue.edu; Phillip J. VanFossen, Ackerman Center director, (765) 494-2367, vanfoss@purdue.edu

Writer: Matt Holsapple, (765) 494-2073, mholsapple@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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