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James W. Kuhn

James W. Kuhn, professor emeritus of Columbia Business School

B.A., Harvard 1949; M.A., Yale, 1950; Ph.D., 1954; LL.D., Linfield, 1969.

James Kuhn
James W. Kuhn

A 1951 Fulbright Scholar, Kuhn was one of the creators of the ethics content in Columbia Business School's curriculum. Formerly the Courtney C. Brown Professor of Management and Organization, he chaired the University Seminar “Ethics in Business,” which attracted the participation of business leaders and scholars from across the country. A leader in the field of ethics, he coauthored papers and books including: Beyond Success: Business Managers and Their Critics in the Nineties, Values of a Business Society: Principles and Issues, and Economic Justice within Environmental Limits.

Kuhn was also a Ford Fellow and senior staff economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisors. He taught at Pomona College, University of Oregon, Stanford University as well as at Columbia Business School.


Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?

Watch the trailer for our interactive debate exploring the value of financial markets, the interaction between government and innovation, and what role markets should play in society.

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This event was presented by Fred Friendly Seminars in partnership with the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, and was part of Columbia Business School’s Individual, Business and Society (IBS) curriculum.

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2014 Klion Forum

When: April 15th, 2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Where: 3022 Broadway
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall (1st Floor)
New York, NY 10027

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Join Ms. Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup, and Ms. Ellen Kaden, chief legal and government affairs officer of Campbell Soup, for a fireside chat moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut on board governance and maintaining high ethical principles in a competitive market.

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Featured Video

With rapidly changing consumer tastes, many food companies are looking to expand their markets at home and overseas. How does an iconic American company stay relevant?

Featured Research

The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance
Identifies "structural breaks" — privatization, for example, or globalization — and assesses why powerful actors across countries behave similarly or differently in terms of network properties and corporate governance.


Program Brochure

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