Friday, May 28, 2010

Email to ethics conference faculty

[Form of email sent to faculty of upcoming Managing Ethics in Organizations conference co-sponsored by Ethics and Compliance Officer Association and Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University.]

Sent: 5/28/2010 ____A.M. Central Daylight Time

Subj: To faculty: Managing Ethics in Organizations

Dear _______,

I am taking the opportunity, in connection with the upcoming Managing Ethics in Organizations program, to solicit information about whether there is anything further in the literature appertaining to the argumentation I have been attempting to purvey that is set forth in my article Does the Civil Liability System Undermine Business Ethics? .

During the past year, I have endeavored to find out more about this. Last fall I contacted the speakers at ECOA annual conference, but was not able to learn anything. (If you are interested, you may look at this link: for further details.)

I also wrote an article in a more scholarly vein that I submitted for publication and that I corresponded with several professors about. I came away from that exercise believing that there was a dearth of ethicists having much interest in the civil liability system. (Again, if you are inrested, you may look at this link for further details:

As a matter of current topical interest two months ago I wrote an article "Will the Plaintiffs' Lawyers Make Goldman More Ethical?" that I submitted to The Wall Street Journal.

This month's news is that the plaintiffs' lawyers are in hot pursuit of BP regarding the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. Whether they will make BP a better corporation or not ought to be of significant interest to ethicists. (In my view it also ought to be an issue in the 2010 elections, and I am trying to make it so. See ).

If you can help me out and can kindly cite me to further ethics literature addressing the civil law liability system or refer me to other ethicists you are aware of who have a special interest in the civil liability system, I will be very appreciative.

Thank you.

Rob Shattuck

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