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Governance and Social Responsibility : EthicsPoint Establishes Fund for Ethics Research at Eller

EthicsPoint Establishes Fund for Ethics Research at Eller
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October 2009

By Liz Warren-Pederson

The EthicsPoint Fund for the Discovery and Dissemination of Ethics Research at the Eller College will redefine the focus of business ethics research.

“The economic downturn has underscored that poor ethical leadership can have a negative impact on not only a company’s reputation, but also the bottom line,” says David Childers, CEO of EthicsPoint. In June, the company, a provider of hotline and anti-fraud reporting and case management services, established the EthicsPoint Fund for the Discovery and Dissemination of Ethics Research at the Eller College.

“EthicsPoint and the Eller College share a common view that business ethics must transition from the philosophical to the practical,” Childers continues. “EthicsPoint makes this donation with the dual goals of helping prepare the next generation of business leaders and of advancing research to better understand the dynamics behind behavioral ethics in business.”

The Fund will be administered by the Department of Management and Organizations (M&O) and is designed to support research, education, and collaborative programs that will redefine the focus of business ethics research. Topics under investigation will include organizational justice, behavioral decision-making, and management information systems. M&O will jointly promote research findings and education with EthicsPoint via reports, webinars, and other marketing and educational programs.

“This program represents an important collaboration between the public and private sectors to redefine and promote ethical leadership,” says Stephen Gilliland, Arnold Lesk Chair in Leadership and M&O department head. “The EthicsPoint gift will not only fund our research, but will give both our students and faculty the opportunity to gain real-world experience and knowledge with leaders from EthicsPoint. We are honored by EthicsPoint’s recognition of our work and look forward to furthering it with their generous support.”

In addition to supporting research, the gift also funds the EthicsPoint Lecturer in Business Ethics, a position held by Paul Melendez, who developed and launched the college’s E-tegrity program to promote academic integrity and also directs the Eller College Ethics Program. Melendez teaches the undergraduate business ethics course and manages the annual Eller Ethics Case Competition.

EthicsPoint and M&O will also partner to offer the inaugural Business Ethics Symposium hosted by the Eller College. At this symposium, industry compliance officers and M&O faculty will offer panel discussions that tie best practices from industry with emerging research from academia.

“The cutting-edge research by University faculty on the dynamics behind ethical decision-making, combined with our experience working with over 2,000 organizations, will enable us to deliver more value to our clients and help them build a sustainable business culture of integrity,” says Childers.

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