Conference To Focus On Crisis In Business Ethics

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 17, 2003 – The crisis in business ethics will be the focus of the 13th annual conference on business ethics sponsored by the Pamplin College of Business. Gene Fife, retired chairman of Goldman, Sachs International and a Pamplin alumnus (Class of '62), will be the guest speaker on this topic on Tuesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., in Burruss Hall auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

This year's conference will also be a two-day event. On Wednesday, February 26, five of the six Pamplin academic departments will host separate lectures on business ethics for their students; one department will host its lecture on Monday, February 24. These lectures are also free and open to the public. Specific topics and speakers for the departmental lectures are listed below.

Previous guest speakers for the ethics conference have included Ralph Nader, James Fallows (former editor of U.S. News and World Report), noted academic experts in ethics, and prominent business executives.

5:30-6:45 p.m., MGT, McBryde 100
Pat Werhane, professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia: Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?

9:00 - 10:45 a.m., HTM, 364 Wallace Hall
Graduate research discussion, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Virginia Tech: Ethics in Hospitality and Tourism Management

11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m., MBA, Donaldson-Brown Auditorium
Gene Fife, retired chairman of Goldman Sachs International: Reflections on the Crisis in Business Ethics

12:30 - 1:45 p.m., BIT, Donaldson-Brown Auditorium
Earving L. Blythe, vice president for information technology, Virginia Tech: Innovations in Technology and Their Impact on Our Expectations for Privacy and Ownership

2:30 - 3:45 p.m., FIN, Donaldson-Brown Auditorium
Elizabeth Murphy, chief, Office of Rule Making, Division of Corporate Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission: Enhancing Corporate Financial Responsibility

4:00 - 5:15 p.m., MKTG, Donaldson-Brown Auditorium
Ken Hunter, president, Council of Better Business Bureaus in the U.S.:Ethics in Marketing

7:00 - 8:15 p.m., ACIS, Donaldson-Brown Auditorium
Shirley A. Edwards, partner, Ernst & Young: Professional Ethics: It Does Make a Difference