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Schmotter addresses trends in business ethics

Jan. 17, 2004

KALAMAZOO --The number of new corporations involved in shady accounting and CEO-level corruption has come with flavor-of-the-week regularity. The latest is Italian food-giant Parmalat, which reported in December it had overstated its assets by $5 billion.

Is there a "post-Enron" era in site, or are business leaders today just more unethical than their predecessors? Dr. James Schmotter, dean of Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business will answer these and other questions when he presents "Trends in 21st Century American Society that Produce Ethical Challenges," at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center.

"The talk will focus on seven particular trends in early, 21st-century American society that shape behavior and complicate ethical decision making in business, professional and personal life today," says Schmotter.

He will look at the role of government leaders, educators and society as a whole in addressing these trends from the unique perspective of a business college dean with a doctoral degree in history.

Schmotter's talk is part of a series of events sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, which was established to encourage and support the 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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