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Mar-April 2004

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From the Editor – Issue 34

Al Erisman outlines Issue 34 of Ethix.

Dear Ethix – Issue 34

Readers comment on the value of monitoring, give a suggestion for the Ethix website, question ethical sales, and give praise for a good review.

TechWatch: Dealing with Software Piracy

Al Erisman thinks that businesses face a tough choice today. They can either try to avoid the licensing issues, and perhaps some cost issues, by making the move to “free software” or get serious about license compliance.

Walter Wright: An Outside Review of Flow Auto

Walter Wright elaborates on his case study of Flow Automotive.

Don Flow: Ethics at Flow Automotive

In 2004, Ethix spoke with Donald Flow, owner and CEO of Flow Automotive Co. With the recession easing up, we asked what lessons in leadership he learned from the bad economy.

NewsNotables – Issue 34

Harvard Will Require 1st Year MBA Students Take Ethics Course
Boston Globe, December 30, 2004
Internet As 800-Pound Gorilla
Seattle Times, January 10, 2004
IBM Documents Give Rare Look At Sensitive Plans On “Offshoring”
Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2004

Essay: The Positive Side of Business Ethics

Jeff Van Duzer argues that we need a positive, purpose-oriented ethic to serve as a foundation for the more traditional limit-oriented approach to the subject.

Asia Perspective: The USSFTA and the Swing of Software Adoption

Seamus Phan questions the merit of open source software in business.

InReview – Issue 34

Back to the Drawing Board: Designing Corporate Boards for a Complex World by Colin B. Carter and Jay W. Lorsch
Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline
edited by Kim Cameron, Jane Dutton, Robert Quinn
Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading
by Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky
The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business by Don Tapscott & David Ticoll

Ethix Forum – Issue 34

What approach would you recommend for addressing the piracy issues in software, music, video, etc.?