WMU News

Criminal justice expert addresses corporate corruption

Nov. 6, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A Northern Arizona University professor of criminal justice will be on the Western Michigan University campus next week to talk about the roots of corporate corruption in a lecture sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

Dr. Raymond Michalowski will present "Toward a New Ethic of Inclusion: Lessons Learned from the Political Economy, Cuba and the Dali Lama" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in Room 210 of the Bernhard Center. The talk will be about strategies and solutions for designing corporations as inclusive public trusts rather than profit centers for the few.

Michalowski says since the fall of Enron, a cottage industry has developed that is focused on offering commentary about business ethics, with much of the discussion focused on the personal greed of corporate executives or failure of boards to oversee managerial decisions. He contends the "get tough" solutions proposed by commentators fail to address the real problems in corporations, including radical materialism and the legal structure within the organizations.

WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics was established to encourage and support research, teaching, and service to the university and community in areas of applied and professional ethics. For more information contact (269) 387-4397.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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