Entries by Ethical Systems

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Corporate Culture Assessment

Corporate culture, a rather nebulous psychological construct, is nevertheless part of an organization’s personality. It informs employees—via expectations, standards, prohibitions, and norms, both written and unwritten—how to behave, ultimately driving individual and group-level behavior. This culture is also inherently and deeply linked to ethics, because individual employees tend to act in accordance with the culture […]

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How to Assess Corporate Culture: A Conversation with Jeff Kaplan

In this episode of the Compliance Perspectives podcast, host Adam Turteltaub speaks with Ethical Systems Steering Committee member Jeff Kaplan about how corporate culture can influence the effectiveness of a compliance program. They discuss many factors compliance teams should pay attention to when assessing culture, including: Tone at the middle How easy it is to speak up […]

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Year in Pandemic

Listen to “#23 – Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Year in Pandemic” on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Charles Hecker and Michele Wucker about political polarization, rising inequalities, climate, and debt. They revisit their risk assessments from early 2020 and share their perspectives for the year ahead. […]

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Overcoming Our Ethical Blindspots: A Conversation with Ann Tenbrunsel

In this episode of the Leading Transformational Change podcast, host Tobias Sturesson speaks with Ethical Systems collaborator Ann Tenbrunsel about the pitfalls in corporate culture that make it easier to behave less ethically. They discuss: Ethical fading and the decision-making process Dispelling the myth of being a “good organization” Trusting too much in corporate values […]

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The Future of Business Ethics: A Conversation with Linda Trevino

In this episode of the Business Integrity School podcast, host Cindy Moehring speaks with Ethical Systems collaborator Linda Trevino about the future of business ethics. Linda Trevino is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and Ethics, and Director of the Shoemaker Program in Business Ethics in the Smeal College of Business where she has been on […]

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On Climate, Finance, and Policy in the US: A Conversation with Bob Litterman

Listen to “#21 – On Climate, Finance, and Policy in the US: A Conversation with Bob Litterman” on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Bob Litterman. We discuss Bob’s trajectory from risk-pricing guru to climate advocate, the growing consensus for climate action among US financial leaders, and how […]

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Making Corporate Values Human: A Conversation with Marsha Ershaghi Hames

Listen to “#20 – Making Corporate Values Human: A Conversation with Marsha Ershaghi Hames” on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Marsha Ershaghi Hames about how COVID-19 has shaped, and continues to shape, the way corporate leaders respond to challenges not only to their business models but also […]

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The African Perspective: A Conversation with Uzodinma Iweala

Listen to “Episode 19 – Dr. Uzodinma Iweala” on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Uzodinma Iweala about how race, culture, and class have shaped the COVID-19 crisis and life, in Africa as well as in the United States. Uzodinma Iweala is the CEO of The Africa Center, a […]