School of Public Administration and Policy inaugurates the Raymond Spencer Program in Applied Ethics
Entrepreneur and CEO Raymond Spencer funds graduate-level initiative
TUCSON, Ariz. – February 25, 2008 – When Australian entrepreneur Raymond Spencer founded Kanbay International, Inc. in 1989, his vision was to create a company with a strong ethical framework. Now CEO of international consulting firm Capgemini’s Strategic Business Unit – Financial Services, Spencer continues to explore ways to embed an ethical philosophy into day-to-day corporate operations.
Last year, Spencer invited Eller College senior lecturer Neil Vance to conduct seminars on the topic of ethics at Capgemini locations in India. “I was interested in the applied nature of the work Neil was doing in ethics,” said Spencer. “He presented several seminars for us which gave us a chance to see if the research could be applied on a practical level. Now, I’m interested to see how that research can be extended.” This year, with funding from Spencer, The Raymond Spencer Program in Applied Ethics is being established in the School of Public Administration and Policy to achieve that goal.
According to Eller College associate dean and School of Public Administration and Policy director H. Brinton Milward, the new program will have three points of emphasis: research, guest speakers, and seminars. Research will focus on ethics at the organizational level, rather than from an individual perspective, and ways in which any organization — public, private, and nonprofit — can prevent misconduct and encourage ethical behavior. The guest speaker series will bring experts in applied ethics to campus. Professor James Svara of Arizona State University will be the inaugural speaker in April. Additionally, periodic seminars in applied ethics will be offered to public, private, and non-profit organizations in Arizona.
The new graduate program, led by Vance, a senior lecturer in the Eller College School of Public Administration and Policy, will complement the existing undergraduate Honors and Ethics Program headed by Paul Melendez, which focuses on individual ethics. Vance has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in applied ethics for many years and expects to introduce the research generated by the program to future classes.
“Broadly speaking, applied ethics attempts to apply concepts of moral philosophy to real world dilemmas,” said Vance. “I’m interested in the ethics of the management of public and nonprofit organizations, and the distillation of that moral philosophy throughout the organization.”
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #14 among public business schools and three of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship, MIS, and Management. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. and #21 among public business schools. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program and the Eller Executive MBA. The Eller College of Management supports approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 700 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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