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Bentley Goes Global with Business Ethics Workshop

May 30, 2005

Waltham, Mass. - The Bentley College Business Ethics Workshop wrapped up on Friday, May 27, after opening its doors once again to faculty outside of Bentley, attracting scholars from Sweden, the Philippines, Israel, China and around the U.S.

Established in 1991 by Bentley's internationally-recognized Center for Business Ethics, the workshop, sponsored this year by State Street Corporation, helps faculty integrate ethical issues into their classes. To date, nearly 100 Bentley faculty from both business and liberal arts disciplines have participated. Since the doors were opened to outside faculty, the school has received overwhelming domestic and international response to the global program.


"The response to our call for interested faculty from outside of Bentley is proof that schools are crying out for this kind of ethics exchange," said Tony Buono, professor of management and sociology and coordinator of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. "The workshop teaches faculty the tools to inspire and teach ethics to students who are tomorrow's business leaders and decision-makers. And the international nature of the response also shows that the concern for teaching ethics knows no boundaries."


The five-day workshop ran from May 23-27 and included an eclectic group of scholars from around the world who immersed themselves in ethics training. They developed new techniques to enable students to raise their own ethical awareness and ability to make rational, ethical choices in the business world.


Limited to 20 participants, including eight Bentley faculty, the workshop brought together educators from Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden); School of Management, University of Asia & the Pacific (Philippines); Jerusalem College of Technology (Israel); New York Institute of Technology (NY); Prairie View A& M University (TX); University of Seattle (WA); University of Southern California (CA); University of Baltimore (MD); University of Maryland (MD); Western Washington University (WA); Xiamen University (China); and Andover Newton Theological School (MA).


"The workshop at Bentley offered a wonderful opportunity to meet American and other international scholars (and) exhibited many approaches to, and interpretations of, business ethics," said 2004 participant Zsolt Boda in an article for the Bentley CBE's March 2005 Ethics Matters publication.


"This encounter of many different people with different cultural and professional backgrounds made me reflect upon the possible approaches to business ethics," said Boda, a professor and member of the Business Ethics Center at Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.


Last year, officials at Western Washington State University adapted the Bentley workshop model to fit their own needs after reading about the program in a March 2003 issue of The Academy of Management News. WWU's Brian Burton, associate professor of management and associate dean, College of Business and Economics, presented the details of how they adapted the program at a 2004 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Teaching Business Ethics conference in Boulder, Colorado.


This year's workshop facilitators were Buono and Robert Frederick, professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Bentley. Bentley presenters included: W. Michael Hoffman, founder and executive director, Center for Business Ethics; Satya Prakash Saraswat, professor of computer information systems; Marcy Crary, associate professor of management; Iris Berdrow, associate professor of management; Coralee Whitcomb, senior lecturer, computer information systems; David Schwarzkopf, assistant professor of accounting; Bill Starner, adjunct management instructor; Bill Johnson, assistant professor of management; Kathleen Jordan, visiting assistant professor, behavioral and political sciences.


Other presenters included Rosemary Hartigan, University of Maryland; Fred Guy, University of Baltimore; Avi Kay, Jerusalem College of Technology; Avic Caparas, University of Asia & the Pacific; Munir Quddus, Prairie View A&M University; Bill Lawrence, New York Insitute of Technology; Tommy Borglund, Stockholm School of Economics; Ruojan Zheng, Ziamen University; Frank Christmann, University of Seattle; Sandra Chrystal, University of Southern California; MaryAnn Reynolds, Western Washington University; Margaret Benefiel, Andover Newton Theological School.


The 2005 workshop was kicked off with the Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium co-presented with State Street Corporation and featured keynote speakers Joseph Chow, State Street Executive Vice President and Chief Risk and Corporate Administration Officer, and William Bacic, New England Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP. Some 30 business, professional and academic leaders participated in panel discussions on business ethics, compliance and risk management.


The Center for Business Ethics at Bentley College has been under the direction of W. Michael Hoffman since its founding in 1976. A nonprofit educational and consulting organization, its vision is a world in which all businesses contribute positively to society through their ethically sound and responsible operations. The Center has sponsored ten major conferences on business ethics, the first in spring 1977, attracting hundreds of national and international leaders and scholars from a variety of constituencies. The Center also provides a variety of publications, research and teaching materials, as well as consulting services. Its board of advisers is comprised of senior corporate executives.

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

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