Boisi Center Staff Courses
boisi center for religion and american public life
Ethical Issues in Business and Economics
Professor Erik Owens
Why should we care if Steve Jobs back-dated stock options grants for Apple executives, or if hedge fund managers take home billion-dollar bonuses? Is there anything wrong with outsourcing jobs to India or Mexico? Are corporations responsible for reducing environmental waste or ending discrimination (whether based on race, sex, or religion)? Is it really a “dog-eat-dog world out there” in the business world?
We’ll ask these questions (and a lot more) next semester as we study ethical issues in business and economics at the individual, corporate and systemic levels from the perspective of various theological and philosophical traditions.