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Bentley Global Business Ethics Workshop Brings Educators from Around the World to Explore the Latest Challenges in Teaching Business Ethics

May 10, 2008

“This workshop gives faculty the tools to inspire and teach ethics to tomorrow’s business leaders and decision-makers. The concern for teaching ethics knows no boundaries as evidenced by extensive and continuing international faculty participation.” -- Tony Buono, Management Professor and Director of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility

International and domestic faculty gather at Bentley College from May 19-23 for a private five-day faculty workshop to be held in conjunction with a day-long public Global Ethics Symposium, sponsored by the State Street Foundation, Inc.

“The need for in-depth ethics education for our next generation of business leaders couldn’t be more imperative,” notes Tony Buono, Management Professor and Director of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. “The recent collapse of the subprime market suggests that business educators apparently still have a long way to go. We need to help the next generation understand more clearly how to operate ethically and think globally, as a matter of course, at the very outset of their careers.”

The prestigious workshop is limited to a highly selective group of international faculty poised to make a profound impact upon our future global business leaders and decision-makers. Two guest scholars from Afghanistan who fled the violence of their country, obtained US citizenship and university degrees, and returned to help rebuild their homeland, demonstrate the urgent need to provide a comprehensive ethics education to students around the world. Hamid Farooqui, CEO of the Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce and a member of the economics faculty at Kabul University, and Obaid Nejati, the Director of the Professional Development Institute at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, are deeply involved in the reconstruction and rebuilding of businesses and communities in Afghanistan.

Other faculty participants include representatives from Cyprus, Estonia, Mexico, and numerous domestic educators from educational institutions deeply committed to ethics education for young leaders. More than 100 of Bentley’s faculty from both business and liberal arts have participated in the workshop since its inception. Now open to faculty around the globe, it has received an overwhelming response.

“During these five days educators will examine the best practices for making lessons and insights relevant and effective in the global business classroom and learn how to infuse them into their curriculum. The philosophical challenges of ethical reasoning will be confronted in both presentation and discussion format. The focus of the workshop is to blend the disciplines of management and philosophy to enable students to raise their own ethical awareness, while increasing their ability to make rational, ethical choices in the business world,” explains Buono.

Sponsored by State Street Foundation since its inception in 2005, the symposium was established in Memory of Timothy B. Harbert ’76, chairman and CEO of State Street Global Advisors and Bentley trustee and alumnus. The partnership reflects a long-time commitment to ethics for both Bentley and State Street.

State Street Corporation is the world's leading specialist in providing institutional investors with investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading. With $10.1 trillion in assets under custody and $1.4 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2005, State Street operates in 26 countries and more than 100 markets worldwide. For more information, visit State Street's Web site at www.statestreet.com.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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