Two of the foremost minds on business, Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, and Tom Peters, author of “In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies,” discuss teaching ethics to business students. Nohria and Peters share their wisdom on morally committing to your business, the misnomer of “corporate responsibility,”
Further background information on participants:
Dr. Nitin Nohria is the tenth and current dean of Harvard Business School. He is also the George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration, co-chair of the Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative, and a member of the executive committee for the University's interfaculty initiative on advanced leadership. Nohria’s appointment in 2010 was seen by some commentators as a positive reaction to the recently publicized ethical problems faced by business leaders. His intellectual interests center on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. He is co-author or co-editor of 16 books and the author of over 50 journal articles, book chapters, cases, working papers, and notes. Nitin is working with fellow Harvard professor RakeshKhurana, the World Economic Forum, and the Aspen Institute to create a business oath, like the “MBA Oath”, that might be used globally. In a Harvard Business Review piece published in October 2008, Khurana and Nohria linked the connection between professionalism of a job and that job’s ability to deliver value to society.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Tom Peters “is an enthusiast, a storyteller and a lover of capitalism. He says that effective management is management that delivers more value to customers and more opportunity for service, creativity and growth to workers. He is saying that the decent thing to do is also the smart thing.” His book In Search of Excellence was honored in 1999 by NPR as one of the "Top Three Business Books of the Century;" it was ranked as the "greatest business book of all time" in a poll by Britain's Bloomsbury Publishing, and was the most widely held library book in the United States from 1989 to2006. Peters became a Partner at McKinsey & Co. in 1979 and co-founded McKinsey's Organization Effectiveness practice. In 1981, he left McKinsey to become an independent consultant.
Donna Carpenter (Moderator)
Donna Carpenter is Chairman and CEO of New Word City, a leader in the emerging field of digital publishing, specializing in and pioneering short-form eBooks on a variety of topics, such as biographies, business, fiction, and history. The New Word City team has produced more than 70 books, of which more than 7 million copies have been sold. Prior to founding New Word City, Carpenter served as a senior writer at Inc. magazine and a correspondent for The New York Times and McGraw-Hill World News. Her work has appeared in a variety of national newspapers and magazines, including Business Week, Newsday, and The International Herald Tribune. A recipient of the prestigious Unity Award for investigative reporting, she has garnered more than 50 prizes for reporting, writing, and interviewing.
Coming up next at Forda Hall Forum:
2012 COLEMAN AWARD BREAKFAST
Callie Crossley (award-winning reporter, commentator, radio host)
with MC Janet Wu (WCVB-TV Channel 5)
Wed., Nov. 14, 8-9 am
The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Ford Hall Forum honors Callie Crossley with its 2012 George W. Coleman Award for her exceptional decade-long service as a member of the Board of Directors. Crossley has enriched and deepened the Forum’s programs. She has carried on the mission of the Forum by using her considerable skills to ensure that the Forum presents intelligent programs of depth and distinction. Crossley has lent her journalistic expertise and talents in moderating discussions with such luminaries as: NPR’s Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg and Linda Wertheimer; PBS's Gwen Ifill; and Congressman Barney Frank.
Flash Forum scheduled:
BIG TROUBLE IN COMMUNIST CHINA
with Joseph Fewsmith (Chinese government expert);
moderated by Ronald Suleski (Rosenberg Institute Director);
co-presented with The Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University
Tues., Oct 30, 10-11:30 am
Poetry Center, Sawyer Library, Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St., Boston, MA
[Photo ID required to be admitted into the Library.]
Chinese government expert Joseph Fewsmith updates us on the murder scandal that led to Xi Jinping's disappearance and what effect it will have on his ascent to the Chinese Communist Party Presidency. Rosenberg Institute Director Ronald Suleski moderates.
Flash Forums are programs that Ford Hall Forum plan to produce right when the news hits. Arranged roughly a week or two in advance, Flash Forums will bring in an expert speaker, either in person or via Skype, to deliberate on a hot-off-the-
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