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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.

Jim Acosta Accosts a Young White House Aide

She remains unidentified, but the young White House aide who was pushed away by CNN reporter, Jim Acosta, is owed an apology. The president had ended his question time, and her job was to take the microphone. Mr. Acosta refused, … Continue reading

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Under Armour Gets Way Harsh on Corporate Credit Cards

Per company e-mail, Under Armour employees can no longer charge strip-club visits on their corporate credit cards. These are the times that try men’s souls. They follow on the heels of the times that tried the souls of the women … Continue reading

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Accounting News from Apple, Tesla, and GE

As if GE did nor have enough troubles: CEO ousted, flaws in its power-plant turbines, dividend cut yet again, and now the Justice Department has announced criminal probe into its accounting. The SEC is already there on accounting issues. The … Continue reading

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What Do I Owe My Severely Disabled Parents?

Question asked of The Ethicist in the New York Times on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Like shopping at Tiffany’s, if you have to ask the price, you cannot afford it. If you have asked the question, you already have the … Continue reading

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The Companies That Need an Ethical Culture Review

Each day the Barometer muddles through four newspapers and scans in articles that involve ethical issues in government agencies, companies, nonprofits, NGOs, schools, etc. — anywhere humans are because where there are humans there are ethical issues. For futurists, where … Continue reading

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Man Commits Suicide in His Parked Car in NYC: No One Said Anything

The tale of Geoffrey Weglarz is one that should give us pause. A man, troubled financially and personally, drank poison in his car, parked on a residential street in the East Village in New York City. His remains were finally … Continue reading

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Beto O’Rourke and Conflicts

When current U.S. Senate candidate in Texas, Beto, nee Robert, O’ Rourke, was a member of the El Paso city council he represented a historic Mexican-American neighborhood. He proposed a revitalization of the tenements with restaurants, shops, and an arts … Continue reading

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Google and the Executive Exits With Golden Parachutes

The New York Timesran a story about the payouts that Google made to exiting executives, those who exited under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations. In one case, Google paid an executive $90 million upon his exit despite finding the … Continue reading

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FBI Probe of Tesla RE: Production Figures

Tesla has voluntarily turned over documents to the FBI relating to the agency’s criminal investigation into whether Tesla misled shareholders and investors about its production figures. The Bureau has also been questioning former Tesla employees. Elon Musk said in conference … Continue reading

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Judge Nelson: 28 Speeding Tickets and Counting

Ryan D. Nelson, former general counsel for a nutritional-supplements firm, was just named to the bench of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Judge Nelson has no prior experience as a judge. He does, however, have plenty of court … Continue reading

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Former USA Gymnastics President: Charged with Evidence Tampering

Steve Penny, the former president of USA Gymnastics, who resigned in March because of the scandal involving Dr. Lawrence Nassar, who was convicted of abusing scores of young women, was arrested in his Tennessee cabin. Mr. Penny was indicted for … Continue reading

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Harvard Prof and Cardiologist Fabricated or Falsified Data in 31 Studies

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital began a review of the work of Dr. Piero Anversa in 2013. In 2014, co-authors who had worked with Dr. Anversa wrote to a journal to complain that the data Dr. Anversa … Continue reading

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“Other bucket-list items: I want to travel more and I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time,”

Meghan Markle in an interview. Recognizing that this is the Duchess’s first child, she may not realize that starting a family is a tad more than an item to check, like a trip to New Zealand. Or, if we hold … Continue reading

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The Ethicist Tackles Cheating, Again

In yesterday’s New York Times, the Ethicist tackled another letter from a young ‘un who was witnessing a colleague cheating and wondered what to do. This time, the two students are seniors (last time the cheating involved the entrance exams … Continue reading

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