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Issue 53

May-June 2007

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From the Editor – Issue 53

Al Erisman details the focus of the current issue.

Dear Ethix – Issue 53

Letters touching on the EMBA program from Seattle University, positive ethics, and good work.

TechWatch: Confronting a Technology-Based Crisis

The continued increase in the technology component of most businesses offers great benefit, but accompanying risk.

Sherron Watkins: Did We Learn the Lessons From Enron?

Sherron Watkins describes her experience at Enron as a whistle-blower.

NewsNotables – Issue 53

Halliburton’s Dubai Move Draws Criticism
Associated Press, March 14, 2007
Spotlight: Michael Oxley
International Herald Tribune
‘Squawk Box’ Trial to Hear Leak Claims
The Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2007
Ernst Censured Over Independence, Agrees to $1.5 Million Settlement
The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2007

Essay: Standing Up in the Face of Difficulty

Deborah Griffing discusses how we can choose thoughts, behaviors and actions that help restore equilibrium following stressful life events.

Best Practices: Making the Hard Decisions

When the term “best practices” is used in a business ethics context, the case involving Johnson & Johnson and Tylenol always comes up. Ralph Larsen, the chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson from 1989 to 2002, shares some of the internal thinking that makes this case so important.

Update: What Has Happened at Tyco?

Ethix reconnects with Eric Pillmore to get an update on the progress of restoring the integrity of Tyco International.

InReview – Issue 53

Vital Friends: The People You Can’t Afford to Live Without
by Tom Rath
Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
by Mimi Swartz with Sherron Watkins

Dealing Fairly With “Insider” Vendor Information

When seeing confidential pricing information from a vendor, do you forward this information to your more important supplier in hopes of gaining “relationship points,” or do you delete the message and pretend that you never saw it?