From the Editor – Issue 51

In this issue, we explore the global ramifications of energy, economics, and ethics with Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. You will enjoy her insights — rooted in her rich and diverse background of scientific research, government service, and academic leadership. She talks about the challenging and important things that happen at the intersection of specialized fields of learning. David Gautschi, dean of the RPI Lally School of Management & Technology, joined me in the discussion with President Jackson.

We have carried this intersection theme throughout the issue. In my column, I discuss the challenge senior management faces in making a technology decision. In the Forum, contributors from various fields tell how their jobs have been influenced at the intersection with technology. Our guest writer, Bob Bunting, deputy president of the board of the International Federation of Accountants, proposes that the intersection of the Internet with business is creating more ethical companies. And our Ethics at Work dilemma focuses on the intersection of business and personal life.

As always, we welcome your comments in the Forum section, and on any other issues under discussion.

Coming in 2007: In our next issue, we will share insight from Steven Reinemund, board chairman of Pepsico, on globalization, ethics, and leadership. The issue following that will feature a discussion with Sherron Watkins regarding her inside view of the corporate ethical implosion at Enron. Watkins is the one credited with “blowing the whistle” on Enron’s corporate fraud.


Al Erisman
Executive Editor