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Business professor examines antitrust laws

April 5, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A Western Michigan University legal expert plans to discuss altering the current focus of antitrust laws from a price-centered to a stakeholder-centered philosophy in a Thursday, April 11, presentation.

Dr. Norman Hawker, WMU associate professor of finance and commercial law, will discuss "Convergence or Chaos: Stakeholder Theory, The Ethics of Competition and Implications for Antitrust Law" at 7 p.m. in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center. Hawker's presentation is part of the winter lecture series sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. It is free and open to the public.

Currently, antitrust laws are largely based on price theory to explain all business behavior. Hawker intends to explore how stakeholder management and relations relate to or could serve as a basis for future developments in antitrust law.

For more information, contact the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at (269) 387-4397.

Media contact: Scott K. Crary, 269 387-8400, scott.crary@wmich.edu

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