This course has the objective of creating live cases to discuss the governance of ethics in various settings. The course will present several questions of ethical events and sometimes controversies that we discuss in class. A hypothetical example will be the decision of the US military to revise their policy on don’t ask, don’t tell. Another example is the decision to prosecute white-collar employees for criminal offenses in the financial crisis. In each of these examples, there are actors who are making decisions and also institutions that govern the situation. We will pursue these topics through a combination of class discussions and visits to us by the historical actors, as well as visits to their offices. As with all Immersion Seminars, we expect to engage with a diverse set of industries and a thoughtful and senior group of leaders.
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics
Bruce Kogut is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. He teaches courses on Governance and on Governance on Ethics. He has taught in executive programs in the US, Europe, and China.
His current research focuses on governance and corporate compensation, social capital markets and social metrics , and the 'political color of boards,' financed by...