Strategic Goals and Center Activities
Organizational cultures provide the foundation for ethical decision making. While individual integrity is important, each profession has its own set of ethical risks and standards of behavior that are required for success. Ethical leaders are necessary to implement and maintain shared values that create an ethical organizational culture. The Center focuses on providing resources and activities that support ethical conduct in any type of organization. Teaching resources are also available for faculty. The Center engages students and faculty in robust educational experiences and events. The Center also sponsors the Auburn Chapter of the Student Center for Public Trust, which engages students with programs featuring outside speakers.
O.C. Ferrell (Left) and James T. Pursell Sr. (Right)
The Center was established in 2008 in response to support by Mr. James T. Pursell, Sr. of Sylacauga, AL to address ethical conduct in business. The Center is dedicated to “producing high-demand graduates and generating knowledge that drives business thought and practice.” Preparing ethical leaders and supporting ethical organizational cultures provides a foundation for success in any organization.
Dr. Achilles Armenakis was the founding Director in 2008. Dr. O.C. Ferrell became Director of the Center in the Summer of 2017. Dr. Ferrell continues to establish contacts and identify individuals/organizations and create programs that will contribute to the Center’s mission. Faculty, students, and external constituents are involved in advancing the activities of the Center.
Faculty are provided resources for support in the teaching of ethics in academic programs, as well as research and scholarship. Students are provided educational opportunities and activities to advance their ethical leadership skills. Businesses are provided access to resources that aid leaders in advancing organizational ethical cultures.
- Infuse organizational ethics throughout the curriculum where appropriate by creating and providing access to ethics education resources for faculty and students.
- Engage departmental support for the work of the Center.
- Raise student awareness of the ‘value’ of investing in opportunities to acquire greater proficiency in navigating workplace, ethical risks.
- Support relevant research which advances thought leadership and supports ethical conduct in business.
- Provide resources to assist in publishing ethics.
- Develop events to engage external stakeholders, sharing knowledge in business ethics.
Activities for 2019
- The focus of the Center is on developing cases, videos, debate issues, teaching modules,
role play simulations and other resources for teaching business ethics in all business
- Significantly advance the number of teaching resources on the CEOC website.
- Develop an open access publishing code of ethics.
- Continue to support the Auburn Student Center for Public Trust. This student chapter
focuses on the many diverse aspects of ethical leadership in a cross-disciplinary
- Aid Auburn SCPT in finding 4 speakers to address ethical leadership issues.
- Give students access to NASBA Ethical Leadership Certification. The program, provided online by the NASBA Center for the Public Trust, was developed with the support of O.C. and Linda Ferrell.
- The Center will make available NASBA Center for the Public Trust, ethical leadership certification for professionals. Provided online the material was supported with input from O.C. and Linda Ferrell.
- The Center Director works with faculty to determine their needs for ethics resources and support ethics and social responsibility research.
- The Center is available to faculty and doctoral students to provide assistance on publishing integrity issues.
O.C. Ferrell Interview
In a segment of the globalEDGE Business Beat, Tomas Hult interviews guest O.C. Ferrell regarding business ethics. Dr. Ferrell is the James Pursell Sr. Eminent Scholar in Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures in the Raymond Harbert College of Business at Auburn University.
Check out the interview here: http://www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com/blog/o.c.-ferrell-on-business-ethics
Updated: August 31, 2017