Fall 2016 Lectures and Seminars
From Compliance to Moral Agency:
How Integrity Management Engages Employees in Strengthening Organizational Ethics
Senior Vice President, Ethics and Compliance
Carsten Tams joined Bertelsmann in 2000. As senior vice president in charge of ethics and compliance, he initiated, designed, and directed Bertelsmann’s global ethics program since its inception in 2008. His ethics & compliance strategy builds on the premise that an organization’s reputation and success can best be enhanced by promoting a strong ethical organizational culture that empowers its members to be effective agents of integrity, transparency, and accountability. His previous work focused on initiatives in the areas of corporate culture, organizational development, HR policy, corporate social responsibility, and HRIS. His work has won numerous prizes, including Gold and Silver at the Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Awards, and the German Corporate Movie Award.
Monday, October 10, 2016
In line with the humanistic philosophical tradition and insights from behavioral sciences, the concept of moral agency starts with the assumption that most people, as social beings, share basic ethical values and strive for integrity, i.e. to live in accordance with those values. This strive for a morally integrated self forms the foundation for intrinsically motivated, self-regulated moral agency and self-governance. The exercise of moral agency extends beyond the abstention from transgressions. It includes behaviors such as participating in decision-making, making values part of the conversation, role modeling, being attentive to and intervening against potential risks and misconduct, helping victims, reporting misconduct, or supporting moral agency in others. Collectively, this capacity for moral agency represents a valuable social capital that organizations can make use of in sustaining social norms and promoting organizational governance.
Research from a variety of disciplines (economics, motivational psychology, organizational psychology) will be discussed to demonstrate evidence in support of the human capacity for moral agency. The concept of human agency has been applied and studied in various settings. Studies on organizational citizenship behavior point to the potential for human agency to promote pro-social behavior inside organizations. The concept of collective efficacy as applied in criminology highlights the contribution citizens can make to fighting urban crime. These concepts will be reviewed to consider the insights they provide for strengthening organizational ethics.
On Thursday, October 13th at 4:30 pm, Ellen Peters, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Decision Sciences Collaborative, and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University, will give a talk for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab speaker seriesin 337 Cohen Hall.
On Thursday, October 20th at 4:30 pm, Jason Dana, Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing at Yale School of Management, will give a talk for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab speaker seriesin 337 Cohen Hall.
On Monday, Octobber 24th at 5 pm, Carla Bagnoli, Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Modena, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Oslo, will will give a talk for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab speaker series in 237 Cohen Hall.
The Prosecution of Public Corruption in Federal Courts
Bio: Richard Barrett has been an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office since 1990. He is currently a Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division. He supervises the Corruption, Civil Rights and Labor Racketeering section of the Office. Prior to his position with the United States Attorney’s Office he worked as an Assistant District Attorney with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. He is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law where he teaches international criminal law and trial advocacy. He is the co-author of Lessons of Yugoslavia Rape Trials: A Role for Conspiracy Law in International Tribunals, 88 Minnesota Law Review 30 (2003).
Talk Description: This presentation will identify the important criminal statutes used by federal prosecutors in pursuing public corruption. It will explore the scope and limits of the federal statutes and rationales supporting the use of certain statutes. The speaker will use actual case examples to explain how the statutes operated in several recent federal prosecutions of public corruption. The speaker will also touch on recent trends in the prosecution of public officials.
On Thursday, October 27th at 4:30 pm, Bryan McCannon, Assistant Professor of Economics at West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics, will give a talk for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab speaker seriesin 337 Cohen Hall.
On Thursday, November 10th at 4:30 pm, Karla Hoff, a Lead Economist in the World Bank's Development Research Group and Codirector of the World Development Report 2015, will give a talk for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab speaker series in 337 Cohen Hall.
On Thursday, November 17th at 4:30 pm, Riccardo Viale, Professor of Behavioral Economics for Decision Making at the LUISS School of Government, Rome, and Laura Macchi, Professor of Psychology at the University of Milan, Bicocca, will give a talk for PPE's Behavioral Ethics Lab speaker seriesin 337 Cohen Hall.