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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.

They Never Do Just One Thing

Hacienda Health Care in Phoenix is under investigation for two reasons: A woman who has been in the Center since she was 3 in a comatose state was sexually assaulted. Since the now 29-year-old woman cannot speak or move on … Continue reading

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The Lying Thing

Over the past few weeks, the newspapers have been delving into the subject of lying.  The Mueller investigation has resulted in criminal charges for lying to various folks (FBI, Congress, Mueller and his folks).  Books have been written about lies … Continue reading

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What Do Clients Want From Consultants?

The Barometer has done quite a bit of work with companies and organizations that are grappling with the fallout from ethical lapses. One common thread that emerges in gathering information about how these folks got into difficulty — they all … Continue reading

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Carlos Ghosn: Oh, the Hubris!

There is little question that Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Nissan, has experienced a stunning fall from iconic businessman to a jail cell in Tokyo. His arrest was based on charges of his failure … Continue reading

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One For the Books: The Businessman Who Paid the Cop is Convicted; The Cop Is Acquitted

It was a New York City corruption trial, so that may explain a great deal. However, even by New York City standards, this is one for the books. Businessman Jeremy Reichberg, AKA “the fix-it guy” expected favors from the NYPD, … Continue reading

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Truth Percolates: Sometimes Through a PowerPoint Slide

Boeing was desperate for titanium — the nuts, bolts, rivets, washers, all thousands of them for its new Dreamliner aircraft (its fuel-efficient competition to the super-size Airbus). The parts had to be titanium because of the weight issues. However, in … Continue reading

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Madoff’s Former Secretary Released From Prison Early

Annette Bongiorno, 70, secretary to Bernie Madoff, was released from prison. She had been sentenced to 6 years in prison and had served about 2/3 of her term. She was eligible for early release under the new federal law, the … Continue reading

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Subway Fare Evaders: There Are More, and They Have Really Good Reasons

Fare evaders cost the New York City Metro Transit Authority $215 million this year. The number of fare evaders is up from 2017: 1.8% of riders to 3.2% for 2018. How do they do it? Use the open emergency exit … Continue reading

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Michigan State: Special Counsel Finds a Culture Problem

William Forsyth, the special counsel working with the Michigan Attorney General in investigating how Michigan State handled the sexual abuse allegations involving convicted sex offender Dr. Larry Nassar, has issued an interim report. That report concludes that there was and … Continue reading

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“I Read the News Today, Oh, Boy!” : A Day in the Life of Ethics — What, Me Worry?

Here are some headlines from Friday, December 21, 2018. They speak for themselves about the increasing prevalence of ethical lapses: “Merrill Settles With Regulator,” Wall Street Journal, p. B10 (settlement of $6 million with FINRA for selling shares early in … Continue reading

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86% of Professionals Admit That Sayings Only Nice Things During a Reference Check Could Backfire

A Korn Ferry survey has some interesting insights into references and what they will and will not say. The survey concludes that “positivity” by reference checks is a problem.https://ir.kornferry.com/news-releases/news-release-details/positivity-problem-korn-ferry-survey-finds-saying-only-nice. The survey has some other interesting data besides the overwhelming indication … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson: Baby Powder Campaign

Johnson & Johnson has run full-page ads in the major newspapers about talc in its baby powder.  Litigation against the company by women who used the used has resulted in claims (some of which have been successful) that asbestos fibers … Continue reading

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That Word of the Year

There are quite a few times when the word of the year touches in the area of ethics.  For 2018, the word of the year is “justice.”  For 2017, the word of the year was “complicit.” (Oxford) and “Fake news … Continue reading

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Something You Don’t See Every Day: CEO Fired Without Pay

Former CEO Les Moonves will not get any part of his $120 million in severance pay.  The reason?  The CBS board, relying on an investigative report by an external law firm, concluded that there were multiple grounds to fire Mr. … Continue reading

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