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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.

Post-Pitino Scandal: Sports Illustrated Writer Wants to Lower the NBA Minimum Age

The Barometer always enjoys it when the experts offer their solutions, post-scandal. To fix the too-big-to-fail problem, we passed legislation that has resulted in even bigger banks. To punish auditors for their complicity in Enron, WorldCom, etc., we doubled down … Continue reading

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The Ignored Warning

Equifax did not fix known problems with the shared security software it was using. Those problems were known in March. However, no one on the Equifax board or management team seemed concerned about index provider MSCI cautioning that Equifax was … Continue reading

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The Inspector General and the Cabinet Flights: The Honeymoon Issue

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has used military flights for private air travel to the tune of $800,000. One flight was a $15,000 trip to visit with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower in New York City. There was one additional flight … Continue reading

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“Equifax Board Weighs Clawbacks.”

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 30- Oct. 1, 2017, p. B3. Whoa, hold on there boys and girls on the board. Don’t get crazy on us! You would not want to rush into some kind of sanction for officers on watch … Continue reading

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“I’m not happy, O.K.?”

President Trump, when asked about the revelations regarding former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and his $400,000 in chartered travel. Mr. Price resigned the next day. Good for President Trump in putting the writing on the wall. … Continue reading

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When You Don’t Fire the Star — Pitino and Repeats

The Barometer asked her former college BB player father, upon Coach John Calipari’s Kentucky hiring, “Why would a school hire this guy?” Dad shrugged. The NCAA just seemed to circle the guy like buzzards — only he never died. Schools … Continue reading

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“Why do they keep doing the same things?”: Read the newspaper!

The Barometer was asked this question following a speech. Together my questioner and I noted all of the business executives and politicians who keep repeating the behaviors of others who have paid mightily (in fines and in the slammer). One … Continue reading

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Ole Miss: What Is Going On Down There?

Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) is under investigation for alleged recruiting violations in its football program. In August, the athletic director (Ross Bjork) had to have the full coaching staff sign a form acknowledging that “prepaid phones, pay as you … Continue reading

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“On Time” Does Not Mean the Same Thing for All Airlines, Until Now

United, Delta, and American appear to have remarkable records for on-time performance, ranking right up there in the 80% range, on average. Meanwhile, JetBlue and Southwest have numbers dipping down into the 60% range. Is there really that much difference … Continue reading

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The Havoc Pajama Boys Wreak

NOTE: This piece was submitted for publication at a national outlet on September 4 — no response. So, posting the piece here. Just wanted to note that many articles on this very issue began to appear during the last few … Continue reading

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In the This-Can’t-Be-Good-News-Department . . . Barclays’ Senior Compliance Officer Leaves

There is a continuing investigation into Barclays CEO James E. (Jes) Staley’s attempts to unmask a whistleblower who was critical of Mr. Staley’s hiring of longtime associate at his former bank (JP Morgan) for a top position at the bank. … Continue reading

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“The company is not criminal as a whole. Parts of the company engaged in criminal behavior.”

Volkswagen CEO, Matthias Muller, in an interview with William Boston of the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Boston’s reporting on the VW scandal has been stellar. Let’s contrast with the initial statements by then CEO Martin Winterkorn when the emissions falsification … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Use Whilst Driving: Scary Survey

A group called “Student Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)” joined with Liberty Mutual Insurance to conduct a survey of what high school student do whilst driving. Here are the percentages who admit to using apps on their phones when behind the … Continue reading

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Why Do People Put This Stuff in Texts and E-Mails?

Here’s a safety tip: Just assume when you tweet, e-mail, chap snat, tumble, gram your instant, and anything else in cyberspace that folks will see it, resend it, and/or have it become the central focus of a presidential campaign or … Continue reading

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