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August 5 , 2005

Ethical Misconduct Disasters: Discovery, Prevention and Recovery

Friday, August 26
7:30 – 9:00 am 
UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, Dulany Inn

RSVP by Monday, August 22, to Jan Stewart, UW-Eau Claire College of Business MBA Office
715-836-6019 or email:

A good contingency plan helps an organization survive a disaster -- no matter how extreme -- and get back to business quickly. While most plans cover technological disruptions and natural disasters, they may not include actions to be taken when crises occur due to ethical misconduct.

Ethical misconduct can devastate an organization. It has contributed to the demise of Enron, Arthur Anderson and others. These disasters disrupt operations, paralyze employees and reduce productivity, generate turnover, damage organizational reputation, and erode shareholder confidence. 

Linda and O.C. Ferrell make the case for why ethical misconduct disaster planning should be integrated into ethics programs and internal audits. They will tell us what we should do to prepare for an ethical misconduct disaster and offer strategies for putting ethical misconduct management plans in place.


Dr. Linda FerrellDr. Linda Ferrell is associate professor of marketing at the University of Wyoming. Her research interests include: legalization of business ethics, corporate ethics programs, and business ethics education. She is co-author of Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases. Dr. Ferrell serves as an expert witness in cases dealing with business ethics disputes and has developed an ethics and compliance program for an international corporation.

Dr. O.C. FerrellDr. O.C. Ferrell is the Bill Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Wyoming. The co-author of 17 books and more than 80 articles, Dr. Ferrell has been quoted in USA Today and interviewed on the NBC Today Show on topics relating to business ethics and social responsibility. He is a featured speaker for major trade and education groups and has served as an expert witness in several high profile cases relating to ethical and legal disputes.