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From the Editor – Issue 55

Al Erisman charts the course for Issue 55 of Ethix.

Dear Ethix – Issue 55

Letters commenting on businesses that serve, the question of law working against ethics, and social networks for internal problem solving.

TechWatch: Gaining Value From the Components of a System

The airline illustration is important as a business in its own right. But it also acts as an illustration that technology advances for components of a large system can fall short of their potential if the entire system is not carefully examined.

Kendrick B. Melrose: Caring About People: Employees and Customers

Kendrick Melrose relates his experience with Toro particularly regarding ethics in practice with employees and customers.

NewsNotables – Issue 55

“Rahodeb”: Whole Foods Hot, Wild Oats Not
The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2007
Online Studies’ Deceit of Online Studies Ethical Questions
The Seattle Times, July 23, 2007
Critics See Some Good From Sarbanes-Oxley
The Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2007

Essay: The Vital Role of Ethics

Faustin Toudera, recteur, University of Banqui, CAR, writes on ethics, or the lack of ethics in professional circles and how it will impact today’s students and tomorrow’s business world.

Update: Return to the Central African Republic

In June and July 2007, John Terrill and I co-led another business team to CAR for three weeks, to encourage further development. This is an update on what we learned — some continued struggle and some more encouragement.

InReview – Issue 55

A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty by Phil Smith and Eric Thurman
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
Leadership Divided: What Emerging Leaders Need and What You Might Be Missing by Ron Carucci

Does Ethics Require Standard Pricing?

If one customer is willing to pay higher rates than another, is it ethical to charge one customer more than the other?