Tenacity: The American Pursuit of Corporate Responsibility - 02/04/2013
Kenneth Goodpaster is one of the most respected scholars in the field of business ethics. He has taught at Notre Dame during the 1970s, Harvard during the 1980s, and since 1990 as the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas, MN. He has published widely, including in the Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, and the Harvard Business Review. Most recently, he served as the executive editor of the book, Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (2012). He sits on the boards of the Better Business Bureau and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. How sustainable is corporate capitalism? Without doubt, it has proved a dynamic force, but one that has not always worked to the benefit of society. The renowned professor of business ethics, Kenneth Goodpaster, argues that the rise of corporate capitalism wasn’t preordained nor is its future, especially given all the turmoil in global markets in recent years. But by tenaciously holding to business ethics and corporate responsibility the United States has resisted pressures to abandon capitalism in favor of more socialistic models. Is this commitment sustainable? In this lecture, Prof. Goodpaster will challenge us to think critically on the future of CSR and business itself.