Business Ethics Center
The mission of the Business Ethics Center (BEC) at Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business is to examine the role and influence of business in public life, to promote inquiry into ethical business practices and education, and to be a leading resource for business persons, students, faculty members, and administrators who seek to understand the relationship between business, the common good, and a life well lived.
FALL 2013 HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE
September 4th-9th Prof. DeWilde, director of the Center, will be in India and is scheduled to give a keynote address at the Academy of Values-Based Management conference in New Delhi. The title of the talk is “The Virtues That Make Possible the Values: A Report From the Field.” Please visit the conference website at http://isolindia.org/bspbp/index.html
Tuesday Oct. 22nd bestselling author Jonathan Haidt will be at GVSU to present a public lecture on his provocative and influential new book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion." The BEC is a co-sponsor of his appearance, and will be hosting two discussions of his book leading up to this talk. His appareance is free and open to the public at The Eberhard Center. The talk begins at 7 pm, first-come first-seated.
Monday, Nov. 11th the BEC is partnering with Making Choices Michigan to host a conversation titled "Death, Dying, and Discussing Advanced Care Directives" highlighting the importance - and challenge - of drawing up advance directives. A feature of the evening will be a simulated advance directive conversation facilitated by a social worker who specializes in these discussions. Free and open to the public in the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew campus. From 6-8 pm
Wednesday November 13th Prof. DeWilde has been invited to deliver one of the Hauenstein Center's Wheelhouse Talks on Leadership. To be held in Grand Rapids at the UICA from noon-1:30. "Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who share their philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow will come together to evoke stories of triumph and tragedy, tradition and innovation, conflict and collaboration, career-pathing and serendipity. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — will be center stage."
Tuesday November 19th, 5:30-7 pm Our sixth annual "What Do Employers Want" panel discussion with local CEOs and executives. Open to all. In Allendale at the Cook-DeWitt building.
For further information on these and many other 2013-2014 BEC events please contact Prof. DeWilde at email@example.com
NEW MBA COURSE!
Prof. DeWilde is convinced that relatively new fields of scientific inquiry such as neuroethics, evolutionary psychology and positive psychology have much to add to the traditional philosophical, legal and religious approaches to ethical reasoning and behavior. To that end, and with the encouragement of the MBA Curriculum Committee, he has developed the following MBA course, which will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2013:
MORAL PSYCHOLOGY FOR MANAGERS
Managers neglect the study of human nature at their peril. To be a manager is to be challenged by behaviors that can range from the hyper-rational to the bafflingly irrational; from the clearly immoral to the ambiguously amoral to the exceedingly self-righteous; from the exuberantly engaged to the frustratingly nonchalant. Managers tasked with “getting things done” often find themselves wondering why things don’t get done, get done poorly, or get done, finally, by the manager. The human psyche has fascinated and challenged philosophers, poets, prophets and artists for millennia, but it is only in our time that the tools have been developed by psychologists and neurologists that allow us something like a truly scientific approach to the brain and to human psychology, though this approach is still in its infancy. In this 1.5 credit course we’ll look at some of the recent research on human decision-making processes, innate moral emotions and intuitions, and what it is that actually makes people happy, all in the context of what it means to be an effective manager.
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