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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.

The Demand of Accountability: Secretary Mattis

The military had a botched mission in Niger.  Four Green Berets were killed.  The team had been left in desolate Africa without support and adequate equipment.  They were killed by Islamic State fighters. Following an investigation and report, several junior … Continue reading

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Mayor DeBlasio’s NYC Ethical Circus His Honor DeBlasio has managed to preside over quite an ethical circus in the Big Apple. There is the lead paint problem in public housing, allowed to go unaddressed because of inspection lapses and serious … Continue reading

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Too Big for their Breeches @ “Sixty Minutes” and CBS The CBS Board hired two law firms to look into whether it had grounds for firing Les Moonves, its former CEO.  The grounds-for-firing piece is an important deal because $120 … Continue reading

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When Irish Eyes Are on Customers’ and Company Property

The chief operating officer for Are Lingus told Ireland’s Sunday Independent that Are Lingus employees are stealing “many millions.” The employees are stealing customers’ property as well as company stock. Little did the employees know that the airline had posted … Continue reading

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Bayada Home Health Care CEO Gives $20 mil to Employees

Mark Baiada, the founder of Bayada Home Health Care, announced at an employee luncheon that he was giving employees $20 million from his personal funds. New hires will get $50 and some of the long-term employees will be getting five … Continue reading

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89% of Parents Admit Hiding Snacks So That They Can Enjoy Them First

The little cherubs just scarf those things up! But, we teach our children to, “Be nice. Share!” Do what I say, not what I do.

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Ex-President of Michigan State Charged with Lying About Nassar Gymnast Investigations

Lou Anna K. Simon, former president of Michigan State, was charged with two felony counts of lying to investigators. The investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar (the USA Gymnastics team physician) resulted in criminal conviction … Continue reading

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More Shenanigans Found at USA Gymnastics

The Indianapolis office of the FBI was headed by Jay Abbott. That office declined to investigate gymnasts’ sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, the longtime physician for the USA Gymnastics women’s team. The refusal to investigate is now the focus … Continue reading

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Bonuses When Execs Run Sears into Bankruptcy Court

The Sears story just gets curiouser and curiouser. Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The former chairman and CEO, Edward Lampert, resigned from those positions because his hedge fund, ESL Investments, Inc. is the only bidder for the purchase … Continue reading

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Carlos Ghosn: CEO of Nissan and Renault Arrested; How Are the Mighty Fallen?

Ghosn’s co-chairman at Nissan said of the charges of using company money for personal expenses and under-reporting his earnings, “Looking back, the concentration of power was something we needed to deeply reflect on.” Actually, you just needed to audit the … Continue reading

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Louisville: Communication of Standards in Hiring and Firing

The clearest messages that an organization sends come through hirings, firings, promotions, bonuses, and all items HR. What organizations tout and say actually matter very little when it comes to ethical culture. What they do is who they are. Enter … Continue reading

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Contrasts: A Senseless Act & A Senseless Act of Courtesy

Over the past month, the Barometer noted two articles that presented a stunning contrast. The first, by Bob Greene, in the October 20-21, 2018 Wall Street Journal. Mr. Greene told a story that unfolded during a Sunday morning walk. An … Continue reading

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The Tesla Purchasing Manager, $9.3 Million Embezzlement, & Internal Controls

A federal grand jury had indicted former Tesla purchasing manager, Salil Parulekar, for operating a $9.3 million embezzlement scheme. In a nutshell, here’s what happened: 1. Mr. Parulekar, part of Tesla’s supply management group, was in charge of Tesla’s relationships … Continue reading

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Tiger Woods Turns Down $3.5 Million for Saudi Tournament

Although the media coverage seems determined to attribute Tiger Woods’s decision to decline $3.5 million to play in a Saudi tournament to age factors, more than a few of us have been able to drag our old bones out for … Continue reading

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