Koeze Business Ethics Initiative


.......              .Upcoming KBEI Events: 2014-2015........     ........



Barry Castro Business Ethics Lecture:
Francis Fukuyama

Thursday, November, 6, 2014
7:00 PM
L.V. Eberhard Center, 2nd floor, GVSU Pew Campus


Political Order and Political Decay by Francis Fukuyama

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called volume one of Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order“magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two.” Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, Political Order and Political Decay is an essential American conversation. This event is in partnership with the Hauenstein Center. Dr. Francis Fukuyama’s book, Political Order and Political Decay, will be available for purchase and a book signing after the presentation.

Until Then: You can access his article "The End of History?", and his book The End of History and the Last Man is available for purchase in most major bookstores and online. Also, check out a recent article written by Fukuyama for the Wall Street Journal reflecting on what "the end of history" means in 2014. 


What Do Employers Want?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Alumni House, GVSU Allendale Campus


The sixth annual "What Do Employers Want?" panel discussion will feature local CEOs and executives discussing what they look for when hiring and promoting. 

Until Then: You can contact Michael DeWilde with any questions, or check out "What Do Employers Want?" for more information on the event.

Living Well, Dying Better: Improving End-of-Life Care in America

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Loosemore Forum, Seidman College of Business Building  

Join Dr. Christian Sinclair, one of the principal authors of the Institute of Medicine's recent "Dying in America" report as he comments on major recommendations the study suggests for altering current end-of-life care practices. Dr. Sinclair will be joined by other experts in the field as well as representatives from the Michigan Legislature  and other institutions that are intimately tied to this issue. There will be ample time devoted to comments and questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public. 


The Psychology of Family- Owned Businesses

Thursday, February 5, 2015
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Room 2027  Seidman College of Business Building

Family-owned businesses can be a little, well, different.  Family dynamics, both helpful and challenging, can and often do permeate throughout the business.  In this seminar two practitioners with years of therapeutic and consulting experience will facilitate a conversation on the intricacies and intimacies of family-held businesses. With psychoanalytic psychotherapist Marybeth Atwell, MSW, and executive coach and professor Michael DeWilde. More details to follow.


Health Care Delivery: Whither Professionalism When Disaster Strikes?

Monday, February 23, 2015
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Charles W. Loosemore Forum,
Seidman College of Business, GVSU


Dr. Joseph Fins, M.D. is a leading neurologist, policy advisor and medical ethicist at Cornell.  He will be on campus to discuss what the proper role of heath care professionals is when natural and man-made disasters strike (think Katrina and Sept. 11).  Fins is Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College; E. William Davis, Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College;  Professor of Medicine, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College. More information to follow.

Women and Business: Why Women Still Can't Have It All

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
More information to follow
Invitation Only

The KBEI is hosting a dinner and panel discussion on the topic of women in business. Four women leaders from the Grand Rapids business community will join us to offer their stories, frustrations, and wisdom to the upcoming generation of women business leaders.

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