Koeze Business Ethics Initiative


......  ..About the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative.. .....

The Koeze Business Ethics Initiative has as its mission to examine the role and influence of business in public life, to promote inquiry into ethical business practices and education, and to be a leading resource for business persons, students, faculty, and administrators who seek to understand the relationship between business, the common good, and a life well-lived. The KBEI maintains a focus on the influence and ethos of locally-owned businesses, but also includes in its offerings public talks from prominent national thinkers, wide-ranging panel discussions, consulting activities, curriculum initiatives, a faculty lunch series, international conference presentations, research, and student-centered events. Under its current director Professor Michael DeWilde, the Initiative focuses primarily on four areas of inquiry:

1. The development, sustainability and transmission of social capital and its relation to civic well-being; 

2. The understanding and use of behavioral ethics (moral psychology, neuroethics, etc.) in promoting innovative, affective business education and consulting;

3. The values and psychology of family-owned businesses;

4. Ethics in health care with a special emphasis on ethics at the end of life.


   Some KBEI Highlights:    

The Barry Castro Business Ethics Lecture: Each year, we bring in a major figure in business, journalism, or academia to deliver a public lecture and meet with students and community members.  Past speakers have included Kurt Eichenwald, Jonathan Haidt, and Francis Fukuyama. This years' speaker was Helen Fisher.

Student-Centered Events: We host panel discussions and guest speakers throughout the year, providing Seidman students with an array of perspectives on ethical thought and decision making. 

Our Services: For further information about business ethics talks, help with values clarification, conflict resolution or other ethics-related topics, please contact Professor DeWilde directly at dewildem@gvsu.edu  or  616 331-7468

Research: The director and others affiliated with the Initiative are engaged in on-going scholarship relevant to ethics in business. Currently the KBEI is collaborating on a joint research project on social capital with Jerry Davis at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, as well as on developing a "Trustworthiness" survey for major companies.

Conferences: The KBEI director and others affiliated with the Initiative frequently present their research at national and international conferences. Recent conference presentations include the 2015 International Society for Neuroethics conference in Chicago, and the 2014 Society for Business Ethics in Philadelphia.  Prof. DeWilde also presented at the 2014 APA conference ,on his chapter in the recently published book, Philosophy Imprisoned.

The Barry Castro Business Ethics Scholarship: This merit-based scholarship awards two $1,500 scholarships per year to undergraduate students at the Seidman College of Business. Students must demonstrate outstanding academic ability and a commitment to the study of ethics in business contexts. 


The 2015-2016 KBEI Business Ethics Fellow:

Jeff Padnos



The KBEI Business Ethics Fellow serves as a resource for Seidman students, faculty and administrators.  The Fellow delivers talks in classes, at faculty lunches, and other scheduled events on the lessons he or she has learned over the course of a successful career in business. This year's KBEI Business Ethics Fellow is Jeff Padnos.




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