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Professor Marianne Jennings is an emeritus professor of legal and ethical studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, retiring in 2011 after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and the legal environment of business. During her tenure at ASU, she served as director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999. In 2006, she was appointed faculty director for the W.P. Carey Executive MBA Program. She has done consulting work for businesses and professional groups including AICPA, Boeing, Dial Corporation, Edward Jones, Mattel, Motorola, CFA Institute, Southern California Edison, the Institute of Internal Auditors, AIMR, DuPont, AES, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Motorola, Hy-Vee Foods, IBM, Bell Helicopter, Amgen, Raytheon, and VIAD. The sixth edition of her textbook, Case Studies in Business Ethics, was published in February 2011. The ninth edition of her textbook, Business: lts Legal, Ethical and Global Environment was published in January 2011. The 23rd edition of her book, Business Law: Principles and Cases, will be published in January 2013. The tenth edition of her book, Real Estate Law, will also be published in January 2013. Her book, A Business Tale: A Story of Ethics, Choices, Success, and a Very Large Rabbit, a fable about business ethics, was chosen by Library Journal in 2004 as its business book of the year. A Business Tale was also a finalist for two other literary awards for 2004. In 2000 her book on corporate governance was published by the New York Times MBA Pocket Series. Her book on long-term success, Building a Business Through Good Times and Bad: Lessons from Fifteen Companies, Each With a Century of Dividends, was published in October 2002 and has been used by Booz, Allen, Hamilton for its work on business longevity. Her latest book, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006 and has been a finalist for two book awards. Her weekly columns are syndicated around the country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first published in 1994 is still being published. She has been a commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public Radio. She has served on four boards of directors, including Arizona Public Service (1987-2000), Zealous Capital Corporation, and the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability at the University of Minnesota. She was appointed to the board of advisors for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators in 2004 and served on the board of trustees for Think Arizona, a public policy think tank. She has appeared on CNBC, CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and CBS Evening News. In 2010 she was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Business Ethics by Trust Across America. Her books have been translated into four different languages. She received the British Emerald award for authoring one of their top 50 articles in management publications, chosen from over 15,000 articles. Personal: Married since 1976 to Terry H. Jennings, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney; five children: Sarah, Sam, and John, and the late Claire and Hannah Jennings.

VA Secretary and His Wimbledon Excursion

The Inspector General came out with his report on Veteran Administration Secretary David Shulkin’s July trip to Europe. You can read the full report here: Herewith, some highlights: 1. Less than two weeks before the 11-day trip began, the … Continue reading

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ICE Lawyer is Charged with Identity Theft

Now there’s a headline that is a tad disconcerting. New York Times, February 15, 2018, p. A21. Raphael A. Sanchez, the top lawyer for immigration in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Seattle was charged with wire fraud … Continue reading

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“Greed is a growth industry, and it always will be.”

from the late Melvyn Weiss, a plaintiff’s lawyer whose firm (Milberg Weiss) recovered an estimated $20 billion in damages for corporate fraud for shareholders. Ironically, Mr. Weiss ended up in federal prison for 30 months for funneling money to investors … Continue reading

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The Ethicist’s Analysis of Cheating

A middle-school young ‘un wrote into The New York Times“The Ethicist” column (Sunday, February 11, 2018), which appears courtesy of Kwame Anthony Appaiah. This poor little soul had witnessed friends cheating on a test when the teacher left the room. … Continue reading

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The Health Curse: Conflicts and Ethics

Tom Price was replaced as Health and Human Services(HHS)secretary after news reports of his ownership of health-care related stocks surfaced. Conflicts, conflicts. Mr. Price was replaced by now secretary Alex Azar. Poor Mr. Azar had to show Brenda Fitzgerald, the … Continue reading

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Feds Order Wells Fargo to Get 4 New Board Members

Despite the fact that Wells had already shuffled its board once, the Federal Reserve is now requiring Wells Fargo to remove at least four of its current directors. The Feds’ concern? Eight of the current directors were on the board … Continue reading

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If the Patriots Are on the Field, You Can Bet Something Shady, Gray-Areaish, or Slick Is Going On

There was a revealing, and, as yet, unnoticed moment in yesterday’s Super Bowl game, that was most revealing about the character of Tom Brady. The Barometer’s husband and son began hooting during the fourth quarter about the play that resulted … Continue reading

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A Tapestry of Profiles in Courage

Putting political leanings aside — the State of the Union provided a tapestry of profiles in courage that brought tears, and, at once, feelings of awe and shame. Awe for the heroic acts and commitment to values, jobs, service, and … Continue reading

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Ten Monkeys and Volkswagen Diesel Emissions, As Measured by Volkswagen, and You Know How That Goes

In order to establish that diesel emissions were not harmful, Volkswagen got a lab in Albuquerque, put 10 monkeys in airtight chambers (with cartoons playing to entertain them), and then pumped in emissions from a VW Beetle. The goal was … Continue reading

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Cuts in Line: The Seat-Savers on Southwest

You know them — they board Southwest Airlines flights — the airline with no assigned seats. Then, they save seats for their friends who are coming on later because they have a lower number or a different boarding group. And, … Continue reading

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“Unions are not unique. . . . You can’t train people to be ethical. It’s just access to money.”

Professor Peter Henning, Wayne State University and former federal prosecutor. The Barometer realizes that prosecutors develop a certain cynicism over the years. However, the good professor is just wrong. Even if we accept his premise that you cannot train people … Continue reading

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The Grade-School Phenomenon of Doing Nothing To Help

Dr. Christian Miller, a professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University has a new book, “The Character Gap: How Good Are We?” The book tackles the testy issue of getting ourselves to behave better in many situations, including those in … Continue reading

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Right and Wrong in 1907: Help For Us Today

In his book “The Ethics of the Dust,” John Ruskin has a series of essays that consist of a teacher’s discussions with school girls about ethics. In the essay entitled, “Crystal Virtues,” one of the young women asks, “Well, but … Continue reading

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When You Know the World Will Go On: The Teacher Who Made Scarves for 650 Students

Jeffrey Thomas, in his first year as a special ed teacher in Indianapolis, was taken aback when he saw some of his students wearing only a sweatshirt in freezing Indianapolis weather. Some men see things and ask why. Other men, … Continue reading

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