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UI business professor receives $10,000 grant for teaching business ethics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Professor Nancy R. Hauserman has received a $10,000 grant to set up expert panel discussions and World Wide Web page resources to teach ethical decision making in business.

Hauserman, who teaches in the UI management and organizations department, is using the grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation to set up a web site and online bulletin board which will enable students to tackle business ethics questions through interactive web discussion.

Hauserman will present a case study about recognizing and reporting wrongdoing in business to 550 undergraduate business and non-business majors enrolled in Introduction to Law. A panel made up of prominent business and academic leaders will be brought in to discuss the study. The students will continually interact with the panelists and other students on the course web site throughout the semester as well.

Those outside the class can view the web site and the discussion, Hauserman said. The panel discussion will be videotaped and the web discussion will be saved so MBA students can also use it at a later time

The study will focus on the issues of public and private harm and the ramifications surrounding ethical decisions business professionals make. Hauserman said the study will help students to recognize the impact of those decisions on the business organization and on society in general.

Hauserman will set up the case study and web page this spring and introduce it for her Fall 1999 Introduction to Law class.