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Kelley Discussion Series:
Ethical Issues Facing Businesses Today

Timely weeklong series of panel discussions from Kelley faculty and business leaders.

Kelley School of Business Executive Education hosted the Kelley Online Panel Discussion Series: Ethical Issues Facing Businesses Today, a weeklong discussion series moderated by Timothy Fort, who holds the Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics and is professor of business law and ethics at the Kelley School of Business. This free five-part series created a space for conversation with some of Kelley’s top ethics experts on pressing topics related to the current business environment.

Sessions were held daily August 10–14, and remain open to all Indiana University and Kelley School of Business alumni, friends, and their guests.

Recordings of each webinar below are available. Complete the form to gain access to the recordings. Information about each session is available below.

Recorded Monday, August 10:
Increased Ethical Risks Due to COVID-19

In this session, we address how the COVID-19 public health crisis has increased ethical risk in organizations. Viewing this issue primarily through a behavioral ethics lens, the presenters address topics including how individuals rationalize unethical behavior in times of crisis and how rationalizations are fostered through crisis-driven loss aversion. The session offers an engaging discussion of business, ethics, psychology, and law as shaped by our shared experiences during the global pandemic.

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PANELISTS:

Todd Haugh,
Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics,
Kelley School of Business

Victor Bongard,
Senior Lecturer of Business Law and Ethics,
Kelley School of Business

Recorded Tuesday, August 11:
Workplace Diversity Issues

Many companies have diversity initiatives, yet often they simply are not effective at increasing diversity. In this session, we discuss why creating true diversity is an important ethical issue for businesses. We’ll also discuss the psychological biases and heuristics that can hinder diversity efforts, as well as ideas for how to address them.

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PANELISTS:

Arthur Lopez, J.D.,
Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics,
Kelley School of Business

Shawna Eikenberry,
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics,
Kelley School of Business

Recorded Wednesday, August 12:
Marketing to Racial Preferences and Marketing to Vulnerable Customers

In this section we will discuss the ethics of giving consumers exactly what it is that they want. Marketing, at its core, seeks to match consumers with their preferences. But what happens when these preferences are questionable? Should marketers still cater to them? The presenters will discuss the ethics of marketing harmful products (opioids, vape pens, etc.) to vulnerable consumers. Even though these consumers really want the products, is marketing to this vulnerable population appropriate? In addition, consumers often have racial and gender preferences that marketers may feel obligated to cater to—it will help sell products. Is there something wrong with simply facilitating these preferences and in turn giving these consumers exactly what they want?

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PANELISTS:

Suneal Bedi,
Assistant Professor,
Kelley School of Business

Josh Perry,
Glaubinger Chair for Undergraduate Leadership and Associate Professor,
Kelley School of Business

Recorded Thursday, August 13:
Gender Equity, Harassment, and Work Environments

An update on contemporary issues surrounding gender equity and harassment issues in the workplace, including time to debate the proper parameters of what’s right and wrong in the workplace, and whether inequities should be addressed through laws.

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PANELISTS:

April Edwards Sellers,
Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics

Angela Aneiros,
Lecturer of Business Law and Ethics,
Kelley School of Business

Stephanie Moore,
Lecturer of Business Law and Ethics,
Kelley School of Business.

Recorded Friday, August 14:
Whistleblowing in the Workplace

This session addresses a number of pertinent considerations for business managers, employers, and employees as they pertain to whistleblowing in the workplace. The following topics are addressed: internal and external whistleblowing, organizational culture and how it impacts whistleblowing, the use of confidentiality agreements, managing whistleblower tips and information, bounty rewards, and whistleblowing during the COVID-19 era.

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PANELISTS:

Jennifer Pacella,
Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics,
Kelley School of Business

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Timothy L. FortModerator Biography – Timothy Fort:
Dr. Timothy Fort holds the Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics and is professor of business law and ethics at the Kelley School of Business. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD and JD from Northwestern University.

Dr. Timothy Fort has written more than 80 articles and 38 books. Two of those books have won the Best Book Award from the Academy of Management for Social Issues, including his Stanford University Press book, The Diplomat in the Corner Office. He has won 12 research awards from three different academic associations, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Society for Business Ethics, and the Academy of Management, and has served on the editorial boards of the flagship journals of each of these associations. He has also won four teaching awards and has served as academic director for a unique program for players from the National Football League.

Dr. Timothy Fort has served as a consultant for Alexandra, Countess of Fredriksborg (Denmark) since 2010 in her role as a member of the Board of Directors of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Among the companies for which he has providing consulting and/or executive education services are Edward D. Jones, AT&T, A.T. Kearney, Daewoo Industries, and Ideal Industries.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kelley Executive Education Foundation and served for two years on the regional advisory board of Old National Bank. He co-owns his 500-acre family farm in Western Illinois with his siblings and he has his own YouTube Channel—Carols and Hymns of Peace—featuring songs about business ethics. He resides in Bloomington with his wife, three children, and three dogs.

Questions?

Please contact Allison DeWitt for registration form questions at dewittan@iu.edu or 812-856-9428. For all other questions regarding this discussion series, please contact Kim Goad, Kelley School of Business Executive Education, at kimgoad@iu.edu or 812-856-5886.