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The Ethisphere Institute has named two members of the Harvard Kennedy School community on its list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics 2008. The institute is a think-tank focused on ethical, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. The list is designed to honor those who “stood out for their positive achievements in the business ethics world.”
Ben Heineman, senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, has been honored for his book “High Performance with High Integrity,” in which he calls for a partnership of growth and ethics in business development and argues that CEOs must create a culture of integrity and openness in business.
Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and a faculty member at Harvard Kennedy School, is cited for presenting evidence on the idea that with thought and deliberate actions, unethical behavior in business is less likely to happen.
Others on this year’s list include President-elect Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Wal-mart CEO Lee Scott, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz, and actor/businessman Paul Newman.
The full list is posted on the Ethisphere Web site.