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KBEI Director Michael DeWilde in conversation with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt.

The Koeze Business Ethics Initiative (KBEI) 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 professionals, students, faculty, and administrators who seek to understand the relationship between business, the common good, and a life well-lived.

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Compassion as a 'Defiant Social Action': A Response to The Beauty in Breaking

Compassion as a 'Defiant Social Action': A Response to The Beauty in Breaking

Samantha Johnson's review of The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper sheds light on "the tightrope [Dr. Harper] walks between self-preservation and healing not only her patients, but the world."

Mar 25, 2022

The Sustainable Business Case for Solar on Brownfields

The Sustainable Business Case for Solar on Brownfields

Dr. Kinch, the Executive Director of Michigan Energy Options and KBEI Executive in Residence, authors this article that explores the necessity for brownfields.

Mar 24, 2022

A Business Ethics Center Rethinks Its Role

A Business Ethics Center Rethinks Its Role

This paper explores some of the reasons why we, as a business ethics center housed at a state university, are transitioning from being a largely neutral platform on business ethics topics to becoming an advocate for specific perspectives.

Mar 22, 2022

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Working with what the Digital World has Wrought: Zombies, Peter Pans, or Prodigies?

A discussion on the general scientific consensus that screen addiction is a real thing correlating to attention disorders, narcissistic tendencies, and what one of our guests calls "the infantilization of the brain." Still, there seems to be no sign that many of us are willing to give up the digital world, regardless of science. So where does that leave businesses, schools, and other institutions that require people who can concentrate, work in teams, and resist immediate gratification? Join us as we discuss this question and others with a well-known neuroscientist and a local business owner who both have paid considerable attention to how the digital world impacts us all.

Panelists:
- Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE, FRCP, Founder and CEO of Neuro-Bio Ltd.
- Jeff Koeze, J.D., President and Chairman, Koeze Company; Partner, Nuthatch Software
Moderator:
- Michael DeWilde, Director, Koeze Business Ethics Initiative

This webinar originally aired Thursday, January 20, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

January 20, 2022

Mandating Vaccines: Perspectives from Law, Medicine, and Ethics

Should businesses and organizations mandate Covid-19 vaccines for their employees? What are the legal, financial, morale and health ramifications if they do? if they don't? Do they have a greater obligation to respect their employees' autonomy, or a greater obligation to wider public health concerns? Are they more likely to gain or lose employees (and customers) if they issue a mandate?  Join us Thursday Oct. 7th as three experts from medicine, law and ethics, respectively, take up the issues that attend to vaccine mandates.

Panelists:
- Dr. Alejandro Quiroga (MD, MBA), Senior Vice President Population Health at Spectrum Health
- Erik Daly, JD, Corporate / M&A Member at Miller Johnson

Moderator: Michael DeWilde, Director, Koeze Business Ethics Initiative

This webinar originally aired Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

October 7, 2021

Wind Turbines, Water, and Weird Weather: The Future of Energy in a Warming Michigan

A discussion of the future of energy sources in Michigan. What role will the major utilities play? What are the politics involved? Which sources show the most potential? Will we end up with wind turbine farms in Lake Michigan? What happens if we don't move away from fossil fuels? Two of Michigan's leading experts on these and related questions addressed this issue, joined by a live audience.

Panelists:
- Kate Madigan, Director, Michigan Climate Action Network 
- Dr. John A. Kinch, Executive Director, Michigan Energy Options
Moderator:  Michael DeWilde, Director, Koeze Business Ethics Initiative

This webinar originally aired Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:40 a.m. EDT.

September 30, 2021



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