WRITER: JESSICA DOWNS
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 21, 1999
Panel to discuss business ethics and whistleblowing
in the workplace
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Henry B.
Tippie College of Business will host a panel discussion focusing on business
ethics and whistleblowing in the workplace at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 in
The panel, which consists of five professionals and
two UI students, will consider the ethics involved in a hypothetical case
study of whistleblowing at a pharmaceutical sales company. The discussion
is part of an ethics module for UI business students enrolled in Introduction
to Law classes and is open to the public.
Panelists include: UI President Mary Sue Coleman;
Tippie College of Business Dean Gary Fethke; former CEO of HON Industries
Stan Howe; Cedar Rapids Mayor Lee Clancey; Professor Lon Moeller, UI professor
of business law; and two UI students, Nick Ryan and Leslie Hirsch.
Panelists will offer brief responses to the case,
then respond to each other's comments, and respond to questions and comments
from students in the audience. More than 500 business majors will participate
in the discussion in person and by posting messages for the panel on a bulletin
board on the class webpage.
"The students will receive immediate feedback concerning
some ethical dilemmas which they may encounter in the real world," said UI
Professor Nancy Hauserman, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs and professor
of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business.
Following the panel, students are encouraged to continue
the discussion on the bulletin board and ask questions that were not addressed
during the live session. The questions posted eventually will be collected
and distributed to the panel for response. The panel will reconvene to consider
these comments and offer their opinions at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Macbride
To help students in future classes, the panel discussions
will be videotaped and catalogued for further ethics discussions.
Moeller, a former corporate attorney who is teaching
the undergraduate Introduction to Law class, said the ethics module will help
students tackle the ethical decision-making involved in recognizing and reporting
wrong doing in business. "The case study and panel discussions will give students
the chance to identify ethical conflicts and to review the consequences of
making both ethical and unethical decisions at work," he added.
Hauserman was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kemper
Foundation to set up the expert panel discussions and create the website used
in conjunction with the discussions.
For more information about the ethics module and to
view the whistle blowing case study, see http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/class/6J047_hauserman/Ethics/.
The site is open to public viewing, but only members of the class and the
panelists are able to post responses.