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Related Student Initiatives
Larry Fink, CEO, Blackrock, speaks as part of the Silfen Leadership Series.
Columbia MBA students build on the School’s offerings in leadership and ethics with their own initiatives as well as those developed under the auspices of the center, such as the Leadership and Ethics Board and Speakers Series.
Several prominent, student-led programs that have been popular for years exemplify students’ long-standing commitment to integrating ethics into their education. These include:
David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Series
The student-organized Silfen Leadership Series brings prominent business leaders to campus throughout the academic year for candid discussions of their own choices and thoughts on leadership.
The student-run Honor Board focuses on ethical issues relevant to student conduct on campus. The board represents student interests in discussions with the faculty and administration on ethics issues and assists in upholding the student Honor Code.
Social Enterprise Club
The Social Enterprise Club helps students pursue business ventures — whether private or public — that seek social benefits as a primary goal. Initiatives include an annual conference, panel discussions, mentoring services and networking events and the Club also provides access to career resources. The Club is a chapter of Net Impact, a national network of business leaders committed to using the power of business to create a better world.
The International Development Club
The International Development Club (IDC) aims to explore and create opportunities for the development of emerging economies. It fulfills this misson by: offering education about the field for the community; facilitating experience in the field for interested members; providing career services for members seeking employment in or related to the field; and fostering a network of students, alumni and professionals with common interests. IDC was formerly known as Managers for International Development Initiatives (MIDI).
Military in Business Association
The Military in Business Association aims to serve the needs of the student body by bringing to campus speakers from various industries to discuss ways in which military experience did and did not prepare him or her for a career in business.
Research Insights on Leadership and Ethics
Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics
"Banks in India...the accounts are not well used...This may be because they have to walk the 3km to the bank; or it may be due to other obstacles, such as procrastination.”
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Jack R. Anderson Professor of Business
"The industry has developed general principles on which portfolio risk should be decomposed but actually determining the risk contributions can be difficult in complex portfolios.”
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Senior Vice Dean and Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics
"Those in a homogeneous group put much less effort into the task at hand in part because they were more interested in avoiding conflict. Diverse environments allowed people to focus on the task instead of their social relationship."
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Professor of Finance
“What makes countries rich is how productively they use their resources…Once a (more productive) technology is introduced, do people use it? Why aren’t people using the most improved technologies to begin with?”